Just like the sea itself, ideas for decorating a float with an "Under the Sea theme" are bountiful. Replicate an ocean habitat such as a coral reef or an arctic ice world for your float or create the image of a shipwreck, a sunken pirate treasure or a sea-themed legend like a mermaid world. Drawing inspiration from movies, songs, myths and legends, you'll be able to create a first-rate float with relative ease.
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Coral Reef Float
Create a coral reef scene with a base of chicken wire and multicoloured tissue paper. Spray-paint tree branches different colours to represent coral. Create fish out of more tissue paper and chicken wire. Make paper-mache fish and paint them to resemble tiger, lion or clown fish; mount them on sticks painted the colour of the coral to create the illusion that the fish are swimming. Dress up float riders in fish costumes or with snorkels, masks and fins.
Ice World Float
Create an iceberg scene on a foundation of chicken wire and tissue paper in white and different shades of blue. Stick ribbons of shiny aluminium foil or silver reflective ribbon on the float to simulate the look of waves. Use a bubble machine to create an underwater effect. Make penguin, walrus, seal, whale and polar bear costumes for people to wear on the float. Make the top of the iceberg white, and everything below the "waves" in shades of blue to reflect the underwater environment. Position your costumed float riders above or below the "water level" to represent their natural interactions.
Pirates and Sunken Treasure
Cover the floor of your float with sand. Create a large treasure box out of cardboard, paint and string. Cover large stones or flying discs with reflective paper to use as coins and gems. String together white balloons to look like an oversized pearl necklace. Fashion a large clam shell out of painted cardboard and have the balloon necklace dangle out of the edge of the clam shell. Create a sunken boat scene and have float riders dress as skeleton pirates, sharks, octopi, jellyfish or eels.
Mermaids in the Waves
Dangle blue fabric down the sides of your float to cover the tires. Design large waves with cardboard painted blue with white tips. Affix the waves to the edges of the float bed so that they rise upward off of the float bed. Make smaller hand-held-size waves and glue a stick handle to the back of each. Dress some float riders in blue and white and have them sit on the float bed, moving the waves in unison to simulate the movement of the sea. Place a sturdy table in the middle of the float and cover it with black construction paper to resemble a rock. Make mermaid costumes for the remaining float riders and have them sit on the table, waving their hands and tails to the audience.
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