Soar Past the Competition with an Eagle Float
Posted by paradefloats on June 19, 2009
For a patriotic float for this year’s 4th of July parade, try an Eagle Parade Float. This float concept also works well for a Homecoming float if your mascot happens to be the eagle!
This float design is built 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. You could also build this float on the back of a flat bed truck. Be sure you adjust the measurements and quantities for materials according to the size of your base.
Create a light wooden frame out of #2 1×3 pine around the wagon. The frame will extend from the top of the wagon bed to 15” from the ground. A basic frame this size requires approximately 140’ of lumber.
Cover the frame by stapling waterproof, flame-proof floral sheeting to it. A float this size requires 16 yards of dark blue vinyl floral sheeting for the sides. The floor requires another 15 yards. Calculate how much floral sheeting you need for your float by measuring the distance around (in feet) and divide that measurement by three to get the yardage. Floral sheeting is sold in square yards.
14” high metallic gold fringe is stabled to the bottom of the frame where the floral sheeting stops. Fringe is available in 10’ long packages. This float requires five 10’ packages of metallic fringe (for the given measurements).
Outline the sides of the float with metallic gold festooning, available in 48’ long rolls. This size float requires three 48’ rolls of metallic gold festooning. The floral sheeting, festooning and fringe are made of the same plastic material (waterproof, fade-proof and flameproof) and are reusable for another float.
Use Styrofoam letters or numbers to create the slogan on your float. The letters/numbers are 8” high and you can paint them with interior latex paint or leave the white. Use small nails to fasten the letters to the board or hot glue them to the floral sheeting.
To create the eagle part of the float, build a pine frame using approximately 150’ of #2 1×3 pine. Cover the frame with chicken wire with 1”openings. The Eagle requires about 130’ of 18” chicken wire. Chicken wire can be found at most farm supply stores or hardware stores. The eagle measures 12’ long x 8’ high x 1’ thick.
Once the eagle is molded out of the chicken wire, stuff tissue pomps into each opening in the chicken wire, creating the picture of the eagle. This design requires approximately 50 packages of white pomps and about 20 packages of brown pomps. Pomps Paste is an easy way to make the squares stay in place even in the wind. About four 1 pint cans will be needed. The past cleans up with warm water.
Add an interactive finishing touch by having an Eagle mascot ride on the float, carrying or hanging a personalized patriotic banner or tossing patriotic beads out to the crowd.
The materials listed are based on a two-sided design.