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Dazzle the Parade Route with a Snowman Float

Posted by paradefloats on November 21, 2007

A snowman float is a great addition to any holiday parade! Your organization or team can have a blast building a snowman float that will be the hit of the parade. Here’s our tips on how to do just that!

Magic In The Snow Kit ComponentsThe float is built on an 8′ x 16′ farm wagon with the back removed. A similar size trailer, used to move small construction equipment, might be borrowed from a local construction company. The float also might be built on the back of a flat bed truck.

A light wooden frame, made of #2 1 x 3 pine surrounds the wagon. The frame extends from the top of the wagon bed to 15″ from the ground. You can find wood for the frame at your local lumberyard. A basic frame this size requires approximately 140′ of lumber.

Waterproof, flameproof Floral Sheeting is stapled to the frame. This size float requires 16 yards of blue or white Vinyl floral sheeting for the sides. There’s even snowflake floral sheeting with a perfect iridescent shimmer! The floor requires another 15 yards of floral sheeting. To calculate how much floral sheeting you need for your float, measure the distance around in feet and divide by three to get the yardage. Floral sheeting is sold in square yards. Floral sheeting is made of a heavy plastic backing sheet with rows of sewn-on scalloped plastic flower petal shapes.

14″ high metallic blue or white fringe is stapled to the bottom of the frame where the Floral Sheeting stops. Fringe is available in 10′ length packages. This size float requires five, 10′ packages of metallic fringe.

Metallic blue or white festooning outlines the sides of the float. Festooning is available in 48′ long rolls. This size float requires three, 48′ rolls of festooning. The floral sheeting, festooning and fringe are all made of the same plastic material (waterproof, fade-proof and flameproof) and reusable for another float at another time.

The styrofoam letters or numbers are 8″ high, and can be used to add your slogan to the side of the float. You can paint them with inexpensive interior latex paint or leave them white. Be sure to add another board, such as plywood, to your frame under the Floral Sheeting. Just use small nails to fasten the letters to the board. As an alternative, hot glue the letters to the floral sheeting.

The snowman is formed from two 5′ plywood circles (top and bottom) connected by 2 x 4’s for the bottom snowball. Make the middle snowball out of two 3’ circles and the top out of two 1’ circles. Make the plywood circles by cutting two 2 1/2′ half-circles and fastening them together with nailed-on boards. Stapled to the circular wood frame is chicken wire, which has 1″ openings. Stuff white tissue squares in every other opening.

Paper maché accessories for the snowman like a hat and a carrot nose. Add a scarf and some branches for arms. Be sure to secure everything tightly to the snowman so it stays in place on parade day.

Once you’ve built your snowman, transform the rest of the float into a winter wonderland with winter themed decorating components like the corex 3D lighted snowflake, candy canes, snowflake pillars, or corrugated winter pine trees. Your float will look dazzling and be tons of fun to make!


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