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Float Building BasicsFloat Building Basics

We know how challenging building a float can be … we also know how fun it can be! With the right supplies, the right group of people and the right attitude, you can create an award-winning float and have a great time in the process. Check out our basic tips below. And be sure to get all your float building supplies right here!

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

Floral Sheeting
This is waterproof, flameproof and reusable. Use it to cover the sides and the top of your float as well as objects on the float.
Fringe
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
A 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.
Tissue Squares
These are very economical and easy to work with. Stuff them into the openings of chicken wire and glue them securely (we sell some wonderful pomp paste). One package of tissue squares will cover two square feet of chicken wire with 1" openings (if you fill every opening).
Fake Grass
Use this to cover the top of the trailer bed. We offer indoor/outdoor carpeting, "real" grass mats, scatter grass and tissue grass mats.

A Few Tips

  • Keep the weather in mind when building your float.
  • Make sure the objects on your float are secure.
  • If you will be having people ride 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.
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