I need help with an idea for a cub scout Christmas parade float. The theme is "A Storybook Christmas". I had thought of taking a line out of "The Night Before Christmas" and changing it to "The children were nestled all snug in their beds while the values of scouting danced in their heads". I was going to have children in bed dreaming and have big elaborate presents wrapped with the 12 values of scouting in letters on the outside: courage, faith, honesty, etc.
My question is how do I make it look like a dream? I want to have some presents "floating" over the bed and maybe some under a tree or by a fireplace. Any suggestions on how to exactly make this work?
Tracy from Franklin TN
Could you rig some kind of netting, like a fishing net, suspended over the "sleeping" kids, and tuck the gifts into that? (11/26/2006)
By Becki in IN
How about using lightweight paper wrapped around helium balloons? Hmmm.. it just might work. (09/11/2008)
You could use something like a mobile crib would have and have it attached to the head of the bed. Have the presents suspended and have the mobile turning around. You could use a toy airplane, maybe a small ball, a small doll, those kind of things. (10/02/2008)
Another idea is since it's a scout theme, have them asleep in sleeping bags in their uniforms, camping out together, and you could still have visions using the mobile concept floating over each kid's head, representing what each kid wants for Xmas. (10/02/2008)
Wrap your empty boxes and glue them together; then stretch the fishing line across the float (over the children) and secure it to things on both ends. The rest is pretty easy, put up a tree and decorate as usual place presents under it, maybe have one child nestled under it or a stuffed dog or cat.
To replicate a fireplace, a big box, like from a furniture store, use a box cutter and cut out the fireplace surround, leave the back of the box. Next, spray paint with black paint for the inside and then draw flames on white poster board and glue inside on the outside you could either spray paint it a color of your choice or go to a Dollar store and look at their adhesive contact paper, some of it looks like wood grain. Use indoor outdoor carpet for the floor (green would be nice) preferably on a trailer without side rails, a flatbed. (11/20/2008)
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