Many children and adults love to look at the Mardi Gras, Macy's and Rose parade floats with their elaborate moving parts, bright colours, cartoon characters and animals. You and your child can recreate simple floats at home by using cereal boxes. You can either make a single mini-float from a cereal box or make several and create your own parade. In addition to giving a new use to empty cereal boxes, such floats offer a way to use wrapping paper and other craft supply remnants.
Cut all four opening flaps from the box top and lay it down on one of its large, flat panels so the opening is facing you. Cut along the edges of the top large panel, so you can lift it up and make a vertical wall at the back of the box. Cut about two inches from the top of this wall so that the float is as tall as it is long.
Cut on a 45-degree angle both ends of the long, narrow flaps you cut in the opening step. The goal is to have these pieces form braces between the floor and back wall of the float. Once cut, position these flaps/braces along the interior of the side walls so that the other end is lined up with the edges of the back wall about halfway up the wall. Once aligned, glue the flaps/braces in place at both ends. They provide support by strengthening the crease between the wall panel and the narrow bottom of the box.
Wrap the entire box carefully with craft or wrapping paper; brightly coloured paper of any kind will do. Use spray adhesive to attach the paper, forming it carefully around the edges and tucking it into creases.
Decorate your float with patterns of sequins and plastic rhinestones. Use white glue to attach them, making them look like strings of jewellery along the sides of the float, the inside of the wall and the back wall.
Dress craft dolls with fabric remnants. These small, plastic dolls are available without clothing from craft stores. Glue bits of velvet, satin, lace and ribbon to them to create fanciful dresses and robes. Allow the glue to dry for at least an hour.
Sit or stand the dolls in the float. You can pose them dancing with one another, playing a game or simply waving to the ground. If standing, you may want to glue their feet to the inside of the float.
Things you need
- Cereal box
- Craft paper (any colour or pattern)
- Spray adhesive
- Plastic rhinestones
- Craft dolls
- Remnant fabric or doll clothes