How to Make Fishing Floats

Updated February 21, 2017

The costs of losing just a few fishing floats can add up quickly, and if you fish a lot it can become expensive. You can make your own handmade fishing floats from styrofoam balls-obtained at craft or hobby stores, or online-and a box of round toothpicks. Constructing your own handmade floats takes only a few minutes and can add up to substantial savings over the course of a season.

Drill a hole through the centre of the styrofoam balls with the drill bit.

Spread the balls out on the newspaper and spray them with the paint.

Break the toothpicks in half with your fingers and file the rough (broken) edges smooth with the emery board.

Feed the fishing line through the hole in the styrofoam ball and pin the line in place by firmly inserting the pointed end of the toothpick tightly into the hole.


Select the size of styrofoam balls based on your type of fishing and bait. The heavier the bait, the larger the ball will need to be to keep it afloat.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • 11/64-inch drill bit
  • Round toothpicks
  • Emery board
  • Fluorescent orange spray paint
  • Styrofoam balls
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