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Tombstone Float

Tombstone Float

If you plan to design and build a float similar to this Homecoming Float, here is an estimate of the materials you will need:

  • 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. Use one of our Vehicle Decorating Kits too!

  • 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 Yellow Vinyl Floral Sheeting for the sides. 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. The floor requires 128 square feet of Green Indoor/Outdoor Carpeting. A 12' x 20' roll of green indoor/outdoor carpeting is available right here from Stumps. 14" high Dark Green Vinyl 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 Dark Green Vinyl Fringe.

  • Dark Green Vinyl Festooning outlines the sides of the float. Festooning is available in 48' long rolls. This size float requires three, 48' rolls of Dark Green Vinyl 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. Order Floral Sheeting, Festooning and Fringe right here from Stumps.

  • The Styrofoam letters or numbers are 8" high, and can be ordered right here from Stumps. 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.

  • The Tombstone is 10' high and 1' thick. It requires approximately 40' of #2 1 x 3 pine, with the curved top made of plywood front and back. The frame is covered with chicken wire, which has 1" openings. The tombstone requires approximately 60' of 18" chicken wire. You can find the wood for the frame at your local lumberyard and the chicken wire from a farm supply store. White POMPS Tissue Squares are stuffed into each opening in the chicken wire. The tombstone requires approximately 70 packages of White POMPS. Be sure to use POMPS Paste, also available from Stumps, to keep the Tissue Squares from blowing away in the wind. Instructions for use are on the can. The paste cleans up with warm water. You will need four, 1 pint cans of Tissue Paste.

  • The grave is also made of chicken wire with a few boards under it to give it a mound shape. The grave, 6' wide and 10' long, requires about 40" of #2 1x3 pine and about 40' of chicken wire. It requires about 40 packages of Brown POMPS and one-pint can of POMPS Paste. Cut flowers from colored poster board, which you can buy at a local discount store.

  • The shovel is made of a cardboard carpet roll, which you should be able to get free at a local floor-covering store. The blade of the shovel can be formed of cardboard and spray painted silver.

  • Let your school Mascot in on the fun too, or toss Personalized Bubbles, Light Up Spirit Beads, or Spirit balls out to the crowd.

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