Mardi Gras Shoebox Float

Mardi party! Join the parade at home by upcycling a shoebox into a colourful DIY Mardi Gras float.

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  • Crayola Washable Paint
  • Crayola Paint Brush
  • Crayola No-Run Washable School Glue
  • Crayola Project Vivid Colours Cardstock
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Markers
  • Crayola Construction Paper
  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Crayola Model Magic Shape ‘N Cut Tools
  • Crayola Glitter Glue
  • Shoebox
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paper Straw

CIY Staff Tips:

  • To create paper decorations that stand up: glue paper to straw, stick straw in small Model Magic ball, and glue ball to float.
  • Experiment with different Crayola Marker types and sizes for details and embellishments.


Step 1

Cover outside of shoebox with paint. Dry 1–2 hours. Add second coat. Dry 1–2 hours.

Step 2

Cover inside of shoebox lid with paint. Dry 1–2 hours. Add second coat. Dry 1–2 hours.

Step 3

Flip bottom of shoebox upside down and glue to inside of lid to create float.

Step 4

Create elements like fans and masks with cardstock and construction paper.

Step 5

Embellish paper decorations with markers.

Step 6

Use Model Magic Shape ‘N Cut Tools to create Model Magic elements like coins and street signs. Dry overnight.

Step 7

Embellish Model Magic decorations with markers and glitter glue.

Step 8

Glue decorations to float. Dry 1–2 hours.

Step 9

Add a Mardi Gras sign to front of float before parading your creation through the French Quarter!

  • Occasion:

    • Special Occasions,

    • Winter

  • Age:

    • 6+,

    • 8+,

    • Tween+

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