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In this craft, an upside-down shoebox is the base of a festive float. The lid of the shoebox is the backdrop of the miniature float. Make a few of these and you can have your own parade.


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Supplies needed:
  • A cardboard shoebox
  • Colorful construction paper, foil, or gift wrap
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint or markers
  • Assorted small toys, dolls, action figures, plastic doodads, beads, ribbon, plastic flowers, glitter, etc.
Decide on a theme for your float, like: under the sea, racecars, superheroes, spring gardens, etc. You may want to think of a title for your float (like Pirate Parade, Cowboy Carnival, Dancing Dolls, or Alien Attack)

Collect small plastic toys and inexpensive doodads for your float.

Decide what color(s) you want your float to be.

Cover the outside of the shoe box with colored paper, foil, gift wrap, Sunday comics, brown grocery bag paper -- or paint the box. Do not cover the inside of the box (it will not be visible). Cover all of the lid.

Turn the shoebox upside-down; this will be the base of your float. Attach the lid of the shoebox to the end of the upside-down box (this will form a backdrop for your float). Glue, staple or tape the lid in place.
Decorate your float! Arrange the dolls, doodads and other items on your float. Glue them in place.
Use markers or paint to write the title of your float on the side of the float.

You now have a festive float. Make a few and you'll have a parade!


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