use chicken wire and fabric or scarf pieces, (a clothing store could also use socks or other clothing pieces), colorful foil wrap, or plastic paper for a backdrop to wrap a pole.
parade float idea...have a container of water hidden in/under the fire and put dry ice in to make it smoke.
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Our Easy Vinyl Parade Float Trailer Kit will make decorating your float in your choice of colors less stressful.
giant cardboard letters in progress - to be used as home decor
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