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Create a Pirate Ship Float and Sail into School Spirit

Posted by paradefloats on May 20, 2009

pirate-ship-parade-floatPirates are always cool and for students these days they’re also trendy. Whether your school mascot is a buccaneer or not, a pirate ship parade float is a fantastic idea. Stumps Spirit’s Pirate Ship Float Components feature a sunken pirate ship, perfect for homecoming games against the pirates!

The 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 Vinyl floral sheeting for the sides. Use floral sheeting in stripes of dark blue and light blue or white to create an ocean look! 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 (or use your school colors) is stapled to the bottom of the frame where the Floral Sheeting stops. Parade float fringe is available in 10’ long packages. This size float requires five, 10’ packages of metallic fringe.

Dark blue 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.

Set the 3’10” high x 8’ wide x 2’2” deep pirate ship, split in half for a sunken look, on your float. The ship is made from cardboard corrugate and is accented with metallic gold twistees. Surround the ship with school spirit signs or cheerleaders tossing out toss beads, spirit balls, or candy.

Add personalized spirit banners to the sides of the float to send an extra-powerful message.

Send us pictures of your pirate ship parade float!


One Response to “Create a Pirate Ship Float and Sail into School Spirit”

  1. barbara conn said

    how do you cover the trailor hitch for the float?

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