Imagine gathering an eclectic mix of materials, bundling them together, burying them in your garden for a couple of months, and letting nature do its thing. What kid wouldn’t want to do that? This experiment with nature is called an erosion bundle, and can provide some very interesting supplies for collage making later on. It’s also an opportunity to show kids what kind of effect the elements will have on the materials, as decay and decomposition take hold. I first came across this idea on a blog called The Erosion Bundle Project and couldn’t resist trying it out.
This bundle was buried yesterday, and will remain there until the end of October, just in time to make a Halloween collage. So keep that in mind when choosing your materials, and stay tuned for the big reveal!
- old dishcloth or fabric to wrap materials in
- string or yarn to tie bundle
- collage materials for bundle (see below)
- chicken wire and wire cutters (optional)
1. When choosing your materials, consider how they will be changed by exposure to the elements. Try to find things that have the potential of creating interesting colours and textures. Here are some suggestions based on visiting a number of blogs: fabric, lace, paper, maps, photographs, drawings, coloured tissue paper, tea bags, coffee grounds, coloured spices (e.g.tumeric), nails (to make rust), old keys, pages from phone books, flowers, berries, wood, slices of apples, lemons or oranges, halloween webbing, etc.
2. Once you’ve chosen the materials, lay them out on an old cloth, then cover and tie string or yarn around to create a bundle. If you like, you can also use chicken wire to protect it from animals, especially if you’re including food. You can also try branches from rose bushes to deter the little critters.
I covered mine with chicken wire because of the raving lunatic squirrels that inhabit my garden. Seriously. One day, my daughter came running over to tell me that a squirrel was sitting on the kitchen counter eating our chocolate. WTF? Like any good mother, I went and hid in the bedroom, called out to my son and told him to get rid of it. He went up to the squirrel, gently asked him to leave, and he actually did! The boy who spoke to animals… Terry, who was so named because he terrorized us for months, sneaked in a few more times before vanishing. Alas, he has likely passed on since we have been squirrel free for some time now, and can probably fix the holes he made in our window screens.
With or without wire, you’ll need to find a spot in your garden where the bundle can remain for a couple of months undisturbed, and well exposed to the elements. I made a shallow space in the ground, rested the bundle inside, added a small amount of soil on top, and finally a stone to hold it in place. You can also hang it from a tree if you prefer. I’m just hoping mine is still there tomorrow. Forgot about the raccoons.
Remember to keep an eye on the bundle, and remove it sometime during the third week of October. I will post the results of this one, and do a halloween collage project using the materials. Good luck!