A Fun Craft Idea for the Kids!

We're carrying the 2021 Mardi Gras craft into 2022 so break out those arts and crafts skills and have fun with the kids, teach them about traditions & make a Mardi Gras Shoebox Float or two! You are only limited by your imagination – and maybe your tolerance for glitter! And, while you’re building the floats, you can listen to Mardi Gras music and nosh on King Cake delivered right to your home.

How to Build a Mardi Gras Shoebox Float 


So, if it’s been a while, or you are not a regular crafter, below are some ideas that can get you on track for making your own parade of shoebox floats.

Basic Supplies:

Shoebox of any size (make sure you have the lid)
Glue / Scissors / Hot Glue Gun / Tape

Remember to use Mardi Gras Colors:

When gathering decorations, keep traditional purple, green and gold colors in mind so that your shoebox float screams Mardi Gras Mambo!

Purple = Justice / Green = Faith / Gold = Power

Decorations Materials:
  • Construction Paper (Or Wrapping paper) to cover the box
  • Tissue Paper 
  • Beads
  • Glittery Pipe Cleaners
  • Feathers
  • Acrylic Paint / Markers
  • Figurines and/or a focal point object (some sort of WOW factor!)
  • 4 wooden rods or pencils (if you want your float to have a roof)
  • Glitter, Glitter and more Glitter!

And, check out the #VisitLakeCharles Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Contest. All you have to do is upload a photo of your float for a chance to win.

Vote for the 2022 Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Contest here!

 The winner will be announced on Mardi Gras Day!

Float Inspiration

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