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Pumpkin I should explain a little further how to keep the clay thingies nice once they have been made. When your children have made what they want to make (I use air drying clay) set them aside on a rack like the one you would use to put a just baked cake on, to dry for a couple of days. Get some PVC glue slapped on them and the children can decorate them in whatever way they want to then let the glue dry and then paint them again with PVC glue, it helps the decorations stay in place and  the finished product can be wiped with a wet cloth without disturbing the decorations once it’s all dry.

I have used this way on 2 occasions as wedding gifts for my son and his wife and my niece and her husband. I have cut out heart shapes of diff sizes from the clay and before I set them aside to dry I write appropriate wedding type words into the clay.  Once they have dried out for a couple of days, painted all over with PVC and left to dry again then they are ready to decorate. I have used glitter. What works really well is to carefully dab glue into the words then to put glitter on top of the gluey words, using a little pressure to make the glitter stick into the gluey words. To say I don’t have an artistic bone in my body they actually come out quite nice and they are keepsakes for the bride and groom (and don’t cost the earth)