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12 Days of Christmas Float Ideas

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The popular poem and song of the same name offers lots of decorating ideas for a Christmas parade float. This is a guide about "12 Days of Christmas" float ideas.


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November 16, 2008

I have a Brownie Troop that wants to be in the parade. The theme is "12 Days of Christmas". Any Ideas?

Cindy from Linn, MO

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November 16, 20080 found this helpful
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I don't know how many are in your troop, but if the number matches a number in the song, you could dress up as that animal/people (you know, like if it's 12, then dress up as 12 drummers drumming).

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November 19, 20080 found this helpful
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I agree. Or if you have fewer gals than 12, try "nine ladies dancing," (that might be loads of fun,) "eight maids a-milking," or any of the rest. If, for example, you chose the "pipers," you can decide whether to create bagpipes (perhaps from canvas bags and wooden dowells? Sorry, I'm not very crafty,) or flutes from wooden dowells, which might be easier all around. For the "four calling birds" or any of the bird choices, I'd imagine you could use fabric, cardboard, or posterboard for wings and beaks. Have fun!

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December 31, 20080 found this helpful
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I like the simple, easy ideas that the others have come up with. I would only add that each girl should have the number of 'her' verse somewhere visible, in case anyone isn't sure what she is.

(Curious fact, which will probably never come in handy for anyone: Christmas Day isn't the twelfth day of Christmas, but the first. The twelfth day of Christmas in 6 January, also known as Epiphany. Why I, a Jew, know this, I don't really know.)

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By 0 found this helpful
November 15, 2010

I need new ideas for a Christmas float depicting the 12 Days of Christmas.

By Linda from Weatherford, TX

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November 17, 20100 found this helpful
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If you can fit 12 people on your float, dress each as the characters ie partridge, lord, lady etc and include a number on the costume to correspond to their part in the song, OR have each person hold the appropriate number as a large sign that has been decorated like the verse (ie five gold rings on a large five).

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September 27, 2013

What ideas do you have regarding a "12 Days of Christmas" themed float for our local Cub Scout pack?

By Debra H

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November 15, 20100 found this helpful

Any ideas for a Christmas float? The theme is "The Twelve Days of Christmas". This is for a small 4-H group, on a budget.

By Tammy from Clarkston, WA


12 Days of Christmas Float Ideas

You say you are a 4H group; why not make up your own 12 days of Christmas? Such as 1 calf, 2 ponies, 3 dogs, etc. I would make the animals smaller as the number increases, so you have, for example, 12 pigeons, and not 12 calves, which would not fit on a float! You can use chickens, ducks, piglets, etc. (11/17/2009)

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November 16, 20090 found this helpful

I need ideas on a float with the theme of the "12 Days of Christmas".

By Yellowwolf from Mattawan, MI


12 Days of Christmas Float Ideas

This is challenging. When I was a kid, we used to take tissue paper, or like Kleenex, layer them for several layers, and make about 1 inch folds, back and forth on each other, so it looked sort of like an accordion style fold. Then put a twisty tie, or a piece of twine in the middle, then fluff each individual layer up, so it looked sort of like a rose, and then they were adhered to the float. (09/14/2009)

By Carol L.

12 Days of Christmas Float Ideas

Your float wouldn't have an abundance of space, so I suggest this:
Create a pear tree however you'd like: a pole with a few representative "branches" and a stuffed bird (fairly large to be seen.) Have people dress in costumes with large numbers on their front and back and appropriate props should take care of the rest. A gal in pigtails could be the "8 maids a-milking", for example. The dancing ladies and leaping lords might be tricky, but if supports can be rigged without being obvious, that should be doable. Take your pick whether you want the piper to use a flute, or if you want to use bagpipes. Those, I expect, you could create out of a cloth bag and dowel rods. Unless you know an actual bagpiper. (09/17/2009)

By JustPlainJo

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September 14, 20090 found this helpful

I need idea for a float, the theme is 12 Days of Christmas. I will be working with 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Any ideas?

Joni from TX


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