Parade Float Ideas

Ideas to Build Parade Floats

School Spirit is in the Can!

Posted by paradefloats on August 13, 2007

Soup Can FloatServe up this creative float to boost morale for the big game! Building a soup can parade float is simple with these instructions and float materials from Stumps. For more tips check out the How-to-Build A Float Book.

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 or the float could be built on the back of a flat bed truck. Be sure to adjust the measurements and quantities of materials according to the size of your base.

Construct a light wooden frame out of 140’ of #2 1×3 pine. The frame will surround the wagon and extend from the top of the wagon bed to 15” from the ground. You can find wood for the frame at your local lumberyard.

Staple waterproof, flameproof floral sheeting to the frame. This float requires 16 yards of dark blue vinyl floral sheeting for the sides and another 15 yards of dark blue or white for the floor. Calculate how much floral sheeting you need by measuring the distance around in fleet and dividing by three for the yardage. Floral sheeting is sold in square yards. Staple 14” high metallic gold fringe to the bottom of the frame where the floral sheeting stops. Fringe is available in 10’ packages. This float requires five 10’ packages of metallic gold fringe.

Outline the sides of the float with metallic gold festooning. Festooning is sold in 48’ long rolls. The soup can float requires three rolls of metallic gold festooning. Floral sheeting, festooning and fringe are all made of the same plastic material (waterproof, fade-proof and flameproof). Each material is reusable for another float.

Use Styrofoam letters or numbers to create the float slogan. Letters/numbers are 8” high and white, but you can paint them with interior latex paint. Place a board behind your floral sheeting and nail the letters to the board or hot glue them to the floral sheeting.

Create the 8’ high x 5’ diameter Soup Can by forming two 5’ plywood circles for the top and bottom. Cut two 2 ½’ half circles and fasten them together with nailed-on boards. Connect the circles with four 8’ long 2 x 4’s. Staple chicken wire with 1” openings to the circular wood frame. This design requires approximately 80’ of 18” chicken wire, available at many hardware and farm supply stores.
Pomps and Pomps Paste
Stuff red and white tissue pomps into the openings of the chicken wire. This design uses approximately 15 packages each of red and white pomps. Use two 1 pint cans of pomps paste to keep the tissue pomps in place. Pomps paste cleans up easily with warm water.

Use a carpet roll to create the spoon handle. You should be able to get the roll free from a local floor-covering store. The bowl of the spoon can be formed from corrugated cardboard. Spray paint the finished spoon silver.

Use a 4’ x 4’ piece of ½” plywood to make the Menu Board. Paint the wood black on both sides. Paint on your lettering or use Styrofoam letters nailed on or hot-glued to the wood. Make sure to add your wording to both sides of the sign.

Use a personalized banner, toss beads, or sports balls to add the crowd-pleasing finishing touches to your float on parade day!


One Response to “School Spirit is in the Can!”

  1. sue falk said

    Do you have any ideas I could use for a freshman float with the above theme

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