Parade Float Ideas

Ideas to Build Parade Floats

Put the Competition in the Dog House

Posted by paradefloats on August 1, 2007

Dog House FloatWhether you’re the dogs or the opponent for the big game is, this dog house float design is a great way to boost school spirit at the parade! If your opponents are the dogs, show them who’s boss by putting them in the dog house. If your team mascot is the dog, alter the slogan to declare the field your domain.

This float is designed for an 8’ x 16’ farm wagon with the back removed. A similar size trailer might be borrowed from a local construction company or hardware store. The float could also be built on the back of a flat bed truck. Be sure to adjust the measurements and quantities of materials for your base dimensions.

Make a light wooden frame out of approximately 140’ #2 1×3 pine. The fame should extend from the top of the wagon bed to 15” from the ground. You can find wood at your local lumberyard.

Staple waterproof, flameproof floral sheeting to the frame. This size float requires approximately 16 yards of white vinyl floral sheeting for the sides. The floor requires 128 square feet of green indoor/outdoor carpeting or a plastic grass mat. Calculate how much floral sheeting you need by measuring the distance around the float in feet and dividing that number by three to find the yardage.Wildcat Mascot Floral sheeting is sold in square yards. 14” high orange vinyl fringe is stapled to the bottom of the frame where the floral sheeting stops. Fringe is sold in packages of 10’. This size float requires five, 10’ packages of orange vinyl fringe.

Use orange vinyl festooning to outline the sides of the float. Festooning is available in 48’ long rolls. This size float requires three rolls of orange vinyl festooning. Floral sheeting, festooning and fringe are all made of waterproof, fade-proof, flameproof plastic material that can be used for other floats later on.

Create your float slogan using Styrofoam letters or numbers, measuring 8” high each. They can be painted with interior latex paint or left white. Place a board behind floral sheeting and nail the letters to the board or hot glue them directly to the floral sheeting.

The 9’ high x 6’ wide x 8’ long Doghouse is created with approximately 140’ of #2 1×3 pine, 220’ of 18”Bulldog Mascot chicken wire and tissue pomps. Chicken wire can be found at most farm supply or hardware stores. Create the frame using the lumber and staple the chickenwire over the wood. Then, stuff pomps into each 1” opening in the wire. This design uses approximately 80 packages of brown pomps, 20 packages of orange pomps and 10 packages of black pomps. Pomps paste is an easy way to keep your pomps in place without them blowing away. This design uses about four 1 pint cans of paste. The paste cleans up easily with warm water.

Add the word “ARF” on a ¾” piece of plywood painted flat white. Nail the plywood to the frame before the chicken wire is attached. Paint the wording on in orange (or your color choice) on both sides.

You might also be interested in affordable mascot costumes! A thermo-lite gray bulldog mascot costume, husky mascot, or wildcat mascot would be a great addition to this parade float! Have your mascot and cheerleaders toss out spirit beads or sports balls to the crowd on parade day.

The materials listed are based on a complete four-sided doghouse. For more float building tips, check out the How-to-Build a Float book.


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