Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Miniature Mardi Gras Float from a Shoebox

Craftiments:  Mardi Gras Shoebox Float


I recently learned about a charming kids' Mardi Gras tradition that began in New Orleans many years ago.  During the carnival season, children create miniature parade floats from shoeboxes and enter them into local shoebox float competitions.  I could not wait to make one with my kids!

To begin, I covered a shoebox with construction paper.  Gift wrap or aluminium foil are also options.

Cover shoebox with construction paper

I turned the box upside down and secured the lid to its short side with hot-glue.

Hot glue lid to the box

Time to decorate!  The frill around the sides of the float are ruffled crepe paper streamers.  I followed the awesome ruffled streamers tutorial on MADE to assemble them.

Ruffling streamers with a sewing machine

Ruffled streamers glued to shoebox float

While I worked on the foundation of the float, the girls perused pages and pages of Mardi Gras float pictures online.  They finally decided to make the float with the enormous, creepy clown face on the front.  I think Juju did a great job capturing its menacing expression.

Drawing creepy clown face

Creepy clown face on shoebox float

We raided the girls' craft supplies and toy boxes for the rest of the decorations.  We chose JoJo the clown and a lion figurine to go with the circus theme.  My daughter drew a circus tent for the backdrop.  We added beads, artificial flowers, rhinestones and more ruffled streamers.  The lion is wearing a Mardi Gras crown and JoJo is carrying a jester's staff made from a lollipop stick and beads.

Craftiments:  Mardi Gras Shoebox Float

A few more photos.....

Craftiments:  Mardi Gras shoebox float
Craftiments:  Mardi Gras shoebox float
Craftiments:  Mardi Gras shoebox float

The float needed wheels so the girls could have their own mini Mardi Gras parade.  As luck would have it, the shoebox fit perfectly over the top of their toy firetruck.  And yes, those are my beads.  I acquired them years ago at the Mardi Gras parade here in St. Louis {mischievous grin}.

Craftiments:  Mardi Gras shoebox float

The girls loved my description of the crazy costumes and the bead and trinket throwing traditions of Mardi Gras.   As I type, they are upstairs dancing and throwing beads at each other.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!


9 comments :

  1. Saw you over on Whipperberry. What a great way to re-purpose a shoe box! And you know kids always have more fun with this stuff!

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  2. Too cute!!! Love this idea, very clever:)

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  3. Nice work and I like that you showed how to do everything also. Thanks for linking up to What to do Weekends! This is something interesting to do on the weekends, huh. Take care Linda

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  4. WOW is that cute! Love the beads and the shades! Thanks for sharing at Repurposed Ideas Weekly.

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  5. Absolutely FUN!!! Love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality last week!!!

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  6. What a great idea! (P.S. I LOVE the lime green dresser in the back of your picture). Thanks for linking up to The Weekly Creative!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  7. Oh I love this!!! So cute! Great way to reuse a shoe box! This is such a great craft for crafty parents and their kids! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I used to do this with my French students. They would make them and then we'd line them up on this huge counter we had in the front office. The kids never really understood the point of it, I think I had more fun!

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  9. This is so darned much fun! Featured you: http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2013/02/spring-fun-and-inspiration.html

    Thanks for linking up,
    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

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