Christmas parades sometimes will include a contest for the best decorated vehicle. This is a guide about decorating a truck for a Christmas parade.
We have a 1952 Ford F-1 truck which is entered in our Christmas Parade. The theme is "Christmas Greetings". I need ideas for decorating the truck including the bed. I have to be very careful not to damage the finish so I'm quite limited! Thanks!
Bonnie from Clayton, GA
I think I would want to cover a ton of boxes with wrapping paper for presents and fill the back. Each box could say "greetings" in a different language. Or if people will be riding in the back they could sit on the boxes and each could hold up a sign with "greetings" in a different language. If the truck is classic I wouldn't even worry about decorating it. Or maybe you could do something in the back with a 50s theme. Sounds like a fun project to me!
I would suggest christmas bows and ribbons, some garlends, if the parade is at night you could put up some battery powerd christmas lights, you could put a small christmas tree in the bed (fake or potted) you could decorate the tree just a little and it would come of very christmasy!
If you can use audio make a tape of someone saying Merry Christmas in different languages and play it as you drive along. If audio is not allowed decorate a tree with the phrase Merry Christmas in different languages.
How about some snow? I would line the bed of the truck with the rolls of the "snow" blanket (let it hang over the side a little) you can get at the craft store and then you will not only have a base for your decorations, but it would also protect the truck. You could even made a wooden platform if you wanted the tree, etc. to be more visible. I would then go "retro" with a silver tree with the lights that go around shining on it and play 50's Christmas music. Around the tree, I would continue a 50's malt shop theme with maybe a coca cola table (if there is room), a malt shop"counter" (against the cab of the truck) and kids in 50's winter clothing sitting around listening to the rock n' roll Christmas music either on stools at the "counter" or at the table,sipping Cokes or malts. I would also put neon red and green lights under the truck (if it would be ok with the owner). It could be as extravagant or as inexpensive as you want. Good luck!