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Try these float building tips and products to build memorable floats out of your car, truck, or trailer. Spiritline’s parade float tips and products bring floats to life. Our float kits make decorating a snap while our other float materials such as tissue pomps, floral sheeting, and festooning are must-haves for creating your own winning designs.
The Float Basics
1) Gather a fun group of float builders
2) Brainstorm to select your theme and your slogan
3) Collect the materials you will need to construct the float - don't forget the hay wagon
4) Create your float structure
5) Add decorations and finishing touches
6) Attach the appropriate safety signs and slow-moving vehicle warnings to your float
7) Sit back and enjoy the parade
Basic Materials for Your Float include...
Floral Sheeting: Waterproof, flameproof and reusable. Use it to cover the sides and the top of your float as well as objects on the float.
Fringe: Helps conceal the float wheels and gives the float the illusion that it is truly "floating". You just want the fringe to "brush" the ground, so you may have to trim it to achieve the "floating" effect.
Festooning: Vinyl material that adds spunk to floats! Use it on edges and corners to add the final touch to your float.
Chicken Wire: You can buy this at any farm or building supply store. Be sure to buy chicken wire with 1" openings. You will need to stretch the chicken wire across a wooden frame that you have designed and constructed. Secure the chicken wire to the framework by either stapling or nailing it.
Pomps Squares: These are very economical and easy to work with. Stuff them into the openings of chicken wire and glue them securely. One package of tissue or metallic pomps will cover two square feet of chicken wire with 1" openings (if you fill every opening).
Grass Mats: Use to cover the top of the trailer bed. We offer "real" grass mats, scatter grass and tissue grass mats.
A Few Tips to Consider:
Keep the weather in mind when building your float.
Make sure the objects on your float are secure.
If people will be riding on your float, be sure that they have something stable to hold on to.
Know the route that your float will be taking. Keep in mind overpasses, hills, curves, etc. that may affect your float.