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Hive13 Project
Laser Cut 4th of July Parade Float Parts
Status: Complete
Start Date: 7/1/2014
End Date: 7/4/2014

The tools at the Hive can be used for many projects. In this project, the Hive's laser was used to make parts for a church float in the Anderson Township 4th of July parade. The float won first prize in the neighborhood organization division.


Corrugated plastic was bought on the web from Multiple sheets in the 4mm thickness were ordered in a 12" x 18" size (corrugated tubes run on the 18" dimension) and in three colors (white, yellow, and green). Most of the white sheets went to making numerous 8" tall letters to spell out the wording on the side skirts.

Additional white, yellow, and green corrugated plastic sheets were cut and assembled to make the crop of "SON"flowers dispersed on the bed of the float. Sheets of 1/4" plywood were cut and painted green to make three overhead letter boards growing at the front, middle, and rear of the float. Red, white, and blue balloons made the actual letters. They are a bit hard to read, but spell out the church mission statement, COME, GROW, and GO!

The COME, GROW, and GO church mission statement is also quite applicable for makerspaces, where maker wanna-bes are encouraged to come, grow in their skills, and then go make things.


The float was well populated with cute kids; which is the actual reason it won the award.

To carry the mission statement further, members walked with the float in the parade and handed out 1,700 packets of flower seeds to parade watchers along the route. The packets had the church name and a bible verse reference (Matthew chapter 13) to Jesus' parable of the sower.


"A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among the thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop - a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear."

The parable has multiple meanings, one of which is a caution to sow your seed in the fertile soil so it has the best chance to grow a bountiful crop.

Different folks will have differing views on religion, and there are numerous examples in human history of both good and bad to argue either way. At the Hive, we strive to be tolerant to all beliefs and seek to be fertile soil for maker seeds to grow in.