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Boost Spirit with a Paw Power Float

Posted by paradefloats on August 21, 2009

Spirit-Float-Paw-PrintShow your school spirit for the big game with this Paw Power float design. Add your own creative or personal touch by changing the panther into your school mascot, such as a bulldog, lion, tiger, or wildcat, and changing the accent colors to your school colors. Adding bunches of balloons in your school colors makes a great touch! Check out the How-to-Build a Float book for more tips.

Our Giant 3D Paw print will look great on your float! It’s an easy-to-use focal point on the float and is available in colors to match your school colors.

Here are more tips for creating a Paw Power Float:

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. You could also build the float on the back of a flat bed truck. Be sure to adjust your measurements and quantities of materials according to the size of your base vehicle.

Start by constructing a light wood frame from 140’ of #2 1/3 pine from a local lumberyard. The frame should start at the top of the wagon bed and extend to 15” from the ground.

Staple waterproof, flameproof floral sheeting to the frame. To calculate how much floral sheeting you need for your float, measure the distance around in feet and divide by three to get your Paw Poweryardage. This size float uses 16 yards of yellow vinyl floral sheeting for the sides and 15 yards dark green floral sheeting for the floor.

Attach 14” high dark green vinyl fringe to the bottom of the frame where the floral sheeting stops. Fringe is available in 10’ packages, perfect for the classic “floating” look. This size float requires five 10’ packages of dark green vinyl fringe.

Outline the sides of the float in dark green vinyl festooning, sold in 48’ rolls. This float uses three rolls. Floral sheeting, festooning and fringe are made from waterproof, fade-proof and flameproof plastic, reusable for another float.

Add your float slogan with Styrofoam letters and numbers, 8” high each. You can paint them with interior latex paint or leave them white. Add another board behind your floral sheeting to nail the letters to or hot glue them directly to the floral sheeting.

Construct the 10’ wide (at bottom) x 8’ high x 1’ thick football and panther component out of 140’ #2 1×3 lumber and 80’ of 18” chicken wire with 1” openings, which you can find at any farm supply or hardware store. Use the lumber to build a frame for the component and cover it with the chicken wire, stapling the chicken wire to the frame.

Once the frame is built and covered, stuff tissue pomps into the openings to finish the design. The football and panther require approximately 40 packages of brown pomps, 22 packages of black pomps, and eight packages of grey pomps. Use parade pomps tissue squares and pomps paste which will keep the pomps in place, even in the wind. You’ll need four 1 pint cans of paste, which cleans up easily with warm water.

We created the panther’s teeth with white cardboard and lined the float with 17” x 22” spirit yard signs. You can add your own personalized wording!

Add a fun touch to your float on parade day by having a black panther mascot or your school mascot ride the float. It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser! We have tons of affordable school mascot costumes and our fast delivery makes them a great way to boost school spirit in a pinch!

The materials listed are based on the football and panther appearing the same from both sides of the float.


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