How to Make Paper Fishing Floats

How to Make Paper Fishing Floats
Float fishing has experienced a rapid rise in popularity because the brightly colored tip of the float gives you an idea of what's happening underwater. Even the smallest brush by a fish is visible, and once the float goes down, you know you've got a fish on the line. Floats can cost up to $5 each at tackle shops, but you can make your own waterproof paper fishing floats at home for a fraction of the price.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Parchment paper Bamboo skewer PVA-based glue stick Fluorescent paint Paintbrush Clear varnish
  • Parchment paper
  • Bamboo skewer
  • PVA-based glue stick
  • Fluorescent paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Clear varnish
Step 1
Cut a piece of parchment paper 1.5 inches wide by 12 inches long.
Step 2
Cut the paper in half diagonally, creating two triangles.
Step 3
Cover one side of one of the triangle-shaped pieces parchment paper with glue.
Step 4
Leave two inches at the top of the skewer for your tip (also called an antenna). Starting with the short flat side of your triangle, wrap the parchment paper around the skewer tightly so that the side with glue on it is touching the skewer. This creates the body of the float.
Step 5
Paint the two-inch tip with fluorescent paint and allow to dry.
Step 6
Cover the entire float with a coat of clear varnish and allow to dry. Repeat two times.

Tips & Warnings

For a thicker float body, wrap the bamboo skewer with multiple triangles of parchment paper, one on top of the other.
The clear coats of varnish make the float waterproof. Be sure to apply all three coats, allowing the float to dry completely after each application.

Article Written By Elizabeth Grace

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Elizabeth Grace is a freelance writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from Pepperdine University, and has 15 years of experience developing marketing campaigns for universities and multinational corporations.

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