How to Build a Homecoming Float. An exciting event practiced during high school and college, homecoming can allow students to rally together and celebrate their school. If your school participates in a homecoming parade, creating the float can be a daunting task. By working together and keeping the best supplies on hand, you and your classmates can build a homecoming float that showcases school spirit.
Gather your committee together to brainstorm for float ideas. Most homecoming parades have a theme; use that as your inspiration. You can also focus on the team whom the school is playing against. Keep in mind that you need plenty of time to build the float. Put aside a few weeks from start to finish to create your float.
Locate a flatbed trailer and a vehicle to pull it. An ideal trailer is a hay trailer since it has a wooden bed. If you want a float with rails, consider using a hay wagon.
Build a new floor over the trailer if you have numerous people riding the float. Nail 2-by-6-inch boards or 2-by-8-inch boards on the edge of the trailer to form the frame, and then secure 2-by-4-inch boards next to them. Add extra pieces of lumber for any area that you think needs additional support. Lay a floor of inexpensive plywood over the frame. This adds stability and strength to the frame.
Attach floral sheeting to the deck of the trailer with a staple gun. Add decorative fringe to the bottom of the frame, followed by petal festooning to hide the seam between the sheeting and the fringe.
Apply papier-mâché to any chicken wire that shapes your float, using two to three layers. When it's dry, spray paint the float and add streamers or balloon arches. You may want to make a stage for the main focus point of your float. Decorate the rest of the float, and be creative. Keep the theme in mind.