Gimme a Cheerleading Float!
Posted by paradefloats on June 18, 2009
Get your cheer squad really involved in your school spirit parade or homecoming parade by giving them their very own float! We have tons of spirit kits great for incorporating into a cheerleading float! Here are some of our ideas for creating a cheer float!
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.
Create a light wooden frame around the wagon using #2 1 x 3 pine. The frame should extend from the top of the wagon bed to 15” from the ground. The wood should be available at your local lumberyard. A basic frame this size requires approximately 140’ of lumber.
Staple waterproof, flameproof floral sheeting to the frame. This size float requires 16 yards of Vinyl floral sheeting for the sides. Cover the float in stripes of floral sheeting in your school colors. 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. It’s great for decorating and adding festive texture to your float.
Next, attach 14” high metallic fringe in your school colors by stapling it to the bottom of the frame where the Floral Sheeting stops. Fringe is available in 10’ long packages. This size float requires five 10’ packages of metallic fringe.
Festooning in your school colors 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 if you remove the materials carefully after the parade.
Add your team name or spirit slogan to the side of your float using Styrofoam letters or numbers. They’re 8” tall and 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.
Once you’ve created this base for your cheerleading float components, create a festive float for the cheerleaders to ride on.
Spell out the team name with our Giant 3-D Letters. Your cheerleaders can ride around the team name for a simple, but cool looking cheerleading float.
For a big cheer impact, set up our Megaphone Arch. It stands 9 ½ feet tall, 9 feet wide, and 12” deep and is constructed from cardboard and twistees in your color choice. The arch is made from two colors of gossamer of your choice. This arch will look awesome on your float.
Have the school mascot ride with your cheer squad too. We have a huge selection of School Mascot Costumes at ShindigZ.com!
Check out all of our Float Tips and tell us about your cheerleading float!