How to Make a Mardi Gras Float Wagon

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Things You'll Need

  • Child's toy wagon

  • Crepe paper rolls

  • Mardi Gras beads

Mardi Gras is the last day of what is known as the Festival of Carnival, which starts on Jan. 6 and ends on Ash Wednesday, which begins the Catholic fasting days of Lent. It is always scheduled 47 days before Easter. New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebration is legendary for its festival as the city transforms into party central complete with parades, street parties and famous collecting of beads. Celebrate Mardi Gras by creating your own theme float wagon for transporting party items, inebriated friends or tired children.


Step 1

Clean the wagon of cobwebs and dead insects if applicable.

Step 2

Roll crepe paper around the wagon's base and secure it with tape. Add objects related to your theme and Mardi Gras favors like hats, goofy glasses and plastic beer mugs.

Step 3

Make paper mache stars, flowers and figures using items like balloons, cardboard boxes and Styrofoam balls as bases. Layer strips of newspaper soaked in glue on the bases until you have your desired shapes. Once all the glue is dry (usually in about a day), paint and embellish the figure. Add the paper mache figures to your wagon.


Covering your paper mache base with computer paper or paper towels and gluing it on helps create a good base from which to work.


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