This is a jailer's quarters in a cold and creepy dungeon, like you would see in the movies. The jailer has keys to jail cells hanging from the ceiling and walls. The ceiling and walls are made to look like cave rocks-with stalactites coming down, damp and drippy like a real cave. A few windows let in light but they have bars so no one gets out. There are probably rats running around everywhere in the dark.
Step 1: I started with cardboard from shoe boxes.
I wanted to work with the properties of hot melt glue, which I discovered on a previous project. I started with a couple of shoe boxes, a hot-melt glue gun and a LOT of hot melt glue. As usual, I had to rescue my cardboard from Cocoa, who also wanted it.
Step 2: I embedded small objects with hot melt glue.
I scoured the house for anything that might serve as a key-including old toy parts, pieces of metal, old keys from the junk drawer, and small objects that might serve as windows.
Step 3: Markers added color and extra details.
I used markers to add color, outlines of bones, and other creepy images, for extra detail so that the more you look inside, the more you see. I like the eerie shiny look of bright items that are buried in the glue.
Step 4: I used glue to make cave-like walls.
I found that hot melt glue goes on liquid, and it pools and drops as it hardens, so it sets up really well as cave rock. It can also be colored with markers. Sharpies and washable markers both work. It held keys and other small objects to the top of the dungeon ceiling. I found that the hot melt glue could be spun very thin for a neat wispy effect, which I also used-for cobwebs.
Step 5: Imagining great stories was the last part that I liked best.
Then the best part, I made up and told myself adventure stories that might take place in a creepy dungeon. Anyone who tries this should not miss this step.