How to decorate cars for parades

Written by kecia hambrick
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Decorating your car for a parade is a must if you want it to stand out in the crowd. Give the audience something they can remember and you will have them talking about your vehicle long after the festivities have ended. It's also an efficient way to show your spirit for the event. It's not very hard to do and you can spruce up your car without damaging it in any way.

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Things you need

  • Window chalk
  • Ribbons/streamers
  • Antenna topper
  • Clear tape
  • Tin cans
  • String (such as fishing line)
  • Poster board
  • Markers

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    Decorate the windows with window chalk. Depending on the occasion, you can write wishes (Happy Holidays!) or descriptions of your riders (Jane Doe, Homecoming Queen). If your vehicle is pulling a parade float, you can give information about the organisation involved (Girl Scout Troop 123). Also, have fun decorating around the words by drawing stars, hearts, flowers and whatever else you can think of.

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    Tie ribbons or streamers to the car antenna. Let them hang down approximately 6 to 8 inches as you don't want them distracting your driving. If you can find one, place an antenna topper on there as well. The same ribbon or streamers can be hung along the sides of the car. Do this by using regular clear tape, but affix it to the black trim of the window only. Tape could damage the paint.

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    String some tin cans and tie them to the bumper. Use can use empty soda cans, or those from canned vegetables. Clean the cans by rinsing them with water. For the coke cans, you can tie the string to the pop top. For other cans, you can drill a small hole or tape the string to the bottom of the can. Fishing line makes a very good string for this project. The noise from the tin cans will let your presence be known from a mile away.

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    Create posters for the sides of each car. Decorate them with markers, then adhere them to the window trim with several pieces of tape.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid placing any decorations directly on the paint, as many things can damage the car's paint job. Also avoid decorating with products like shaving cream, as it can run down from the windows and onto the paint.

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