Back in August, I made an erosion bundle which spent close to two months braving the elements outside in my garden. Not sure what an erosion bundle is? Have a look at this post to get a clearer picture.
When I finally went out to collect it, my biggest fear was finding it filled with potato bugs and worms, sucking back those juicy orange slices I included. Turns out it was bug free, and had morphed from a colourful collection of random things, to something you might find in a landfill site. The oranges had decomposed, plenty of stains were now on the fabric and paper, but some things simply hadn’t changed at all. More perishables and more time would have created better results, but there was still plenty to work with for making a Halloween sign and a collage.
This is what the erosion bundle looked like after almost two months outside:
- stretched canvas
- white glue
- glue gun
- erosion bundles items
Making a Halloween sign is a great way to use the contents of this bundle. They’re a little dirty and creepy looking, which makes them perfect for the occasion. When you bring the bundle in, it might need a few days to dry before you’re able to use anything.
A stretched canvas provides a great base for whatever word/words you choose to make (eg. “Haunted House” “Happy Halloween” “Enter At Your Own Risk”). If you want to add a bit of texture, apply white glue to some sections of the canvas, using an old paint brush. Sprinkle some sand on top, shake off the excess, and allow to dry. Cover the canvas with paint. Halloween colours like orange or black will work best. Finally, play around with the bundle items to create nicely layered letters, and glue them on.
- canvas board
- erosion bundle items
- Mod Podge
- paint brush
In keeping with the Halloween theme, this collage is designed to look a little unsettling. Begin by covering a canvas board with a thick layer of Mod Podge or white glue. Use the erosion bundle items to create an interesting layout, with lots of layers and overlapping. When everything is in place, cover the entire thing with a thick layer of Mod Podge. It really does end up looking like a very icky pile of garbage, forever immortalized on a canvas board. It’s messy and goopy to make, but that’s exactly why it’s fun.