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Soup Can Float

Soup Can 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 to dress up the car or truck towing your float.

  • 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 Dark Blue Vinyl Floral Sheeting for the sides. The floor requires another 15 yards of Dark Blue or White. 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. 14" high Metallic Gold 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 Gold Fringe.

  • Metallic Gold Festooning outlines the sides of the float. Festooning is available in 48' long rolls. This size float requires three, 48' rolls of Metallic Gold 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 Soup Can is 8' high and 5' in diameter. The can is formed from two 5' plywood circles (top and bottom) connected by four 8' long 2 x 4's. Make the plywood circles by cutting two 2 1/2' half-circles and fastening them together with nailed-on boards. Stapled to the circular wood frame is chicken wire, which has 1" openings. This design requires approximately 80' 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 and Red POMPS Tissue Squares are stuffed into each opening in the chicken wire. This design requires approximately 15 packages of White POMPS and 15 packages of Red 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 two, 1 pint cans of Tissue Paste.

  • The spoon handle is made of a carpet roll, which you should be able to get free at a local floor-covering store. The bowl of the spoon can be formed from corrugated cardboard. Spray paint finished spoon silver.

  • The Menu Board is a 4' x 4' piece of 1/2" plywood painted black on both sides. The lettering can be painted or you can use Styrofoam letters nailed or hot-glued to the wood. The wording should be on both sides.

  • Be sure to check out our line of Poms, Spiritphones, and Spiritmarks to add the finishing touches to students riding on the float. Personalized Bubbles would also make a great crowd pleaser.

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