June 27, 2018


​​This week, I am celebrating the wonderful 'Just a Card' campaign and, in my own little way, helping to support some amazing designers and makers. I've put together a lovely collection of products and am using them to inspire some special Little Makes. 


Scottish artist Emma McDowell produces concrete vessels, letters and other items for the home and each ones an almost hypnotic pattern of swirling colours in beautiful ice-cream shades. 


These little decorations are made using air drying clay which is painted with watercolour. They are great to make for a child's bedroom or you could use them as gift tags or ornaments. A simple and fairly mess free activity, this one is great for children of all ages and even the littlest ones will produce lovely results!





  • air drying clay

  • cookie cutters

  • skewer or cocktail stick

  • watercolour paint

  • clear varnish or sealant

  • cord or wool for hanging

  • beads to decorate (optional)



1 . Roll out the air drying clay to about 1/2cm thick.


2. Use the cookie cutters to cut out shapes then make a whole in the top of each using a skewer or cocktail stick. You can also make smaller shapes for extra decoration.


3. Leave to dry overnight on a plate or tray.


4. Once the clay shapes are dry, paint with watercolours and leave to dry again for a few hours.


5. Cover with a thin layer of varnish to keep the paint from fading and dry for a further couple of hours.


6. Thread the clay shapes onto cord or wool, adding smaller shapes and beads for extra decoration.  






If you have five minutes, then please go and take a look at the beautiful range of products on the Studio Emma website. And, you can find out more about supporting small businesses over at Just a Card

For more lovely creative inspiration for your little ones, sign up to the My Little Makes newsletter via the sign up form at the bottom of this page.


Louise X




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