Parade Float Ideas

Ideas to Build Parade Floats

Celebrate Snowcoming with a Snowflake Parade Float

Posted by paradefloats on January 4, 2010

Snowflake ArchA growing trend in high schools is a Snowcoming or winter formal. You can make your Snowcoming extra-special with a parade! Here are our tips for a snowflake-inspired parade float. It’s the perfect float for the Snowcoming King and Queen to ride on to the coronation!

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 light 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.

Snowflake Decorations14″ high light blue, silver 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.

Light 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.

Build giant snowflakes out of corrugated paper or use a giant snowflake arch for the King and Queen to stand under. There are tons of winter event theme snowflake decorating kits to help adorn your float. Create a giant snowflake using chicken wire and boards. Build a basic, round frame by cutting semi-circles out of the boards and nailing them together. Attach chicken wire to the boards with staple guns and shape it into the pronged snowflake shape. Remember, each snowflake is unique, so get creative. The chicken wire should be pliable enough to shape, but sturdy enough that it will stay in the shape you want! Put white tissue pomps in every other opening in the chicken wire and secure them with pomps paste. Glitter spray paint is perfect for adding the finishing touches!

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