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How to Create a Floating Animation using CSS

If you are looking to create a floating animation just using CSS, then you are in the right place.

Alternatively, you can visit the CodePen to see the animation in action.

In our example, the key things we need to add are:

transition property to move the element smoothly, over a given duration
@keyframes property which specifies the animation code
animation property which applies an animation between styles
transform property which allows you to move, rotate, scale, and skew elements

In our example, we are using transform: translate([value]); to move the element up and down.

The Code


<div class="container">
  <div class="logo">
    <a href="https://silvawebdesigns.com/">
      <img src="https://silvawebdesigns.com/silva-circle.png" alt="Silva Web Designs" />
  <div class="content">
    <h1>Floating CSS Animation</h1>
    <p>Follow Silva Web Designs:</p>
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@import url('https://fonts.googleapis.com/css2?family=Montserrat:ital,[email protected],500;0,600;1,300&display=swap');

html {
  height: 100%;
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
  font-family: "Montserrat", sans-serif;
	background: rgb(71, 71, 181);
	background: -moz-linear-gradient(-45deg, rgba(26, 188, 156, 1) 0%, rgba(71, 71, 181, 1) 100%);
	background: -webkit-linear-gradient(-45deg, rgba(26, 188, 156, 1) 0%, rgba(71, 71, 181, 1) 100%);
	background: linear-gradient(135deg, rgba(26, 188, 156, 1) 0%, rgba(71, 71, 182, 1) 100%);  
  font-weight: 600;

h1 {
  font-size: 24px;
  margin: 10px 0 20px 0;
  text-transform: uppercase;
  color: #FFF;

p {
  font-size: 16px;
  color: #FFF;

span a {
  font-size: 18px;
  color: #FFF;
  text-decoration: none;
  margin: 0 10px;
  transition: all 0.4s ease-in-out;

span a:hover {
  color: #FFF;

@keyframes float {
	0% {
		box-shadow: 0 5px 15px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.6);
		transform: translatey(0px);
	50% {
		box-shadow: 0 25px 15px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.2);
		transform: translatey(-20px);
	100% {
		box-shadow: 0 5px 15px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.6);
		transform: translatey(0px);

.container {
  width: 100%;
  height: 100%;
  display: flex;
  flex-direction: column;
  justify-content: center;
  align-items: center;

.logo {
  width: 150px;
  height: 150px;
  box-sizing: border-box;
  border: 5px #20232c solid;
  border-radius: 50%;
  overflow: hidden;
  box-shadow: 0 5px 15px 0px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.6);
  transform: translatey(0px);
  animation: float 6s ease-in-out infinite;

.logo img {
  width: 100%;
  height: auto;

.content {
  width: 100%;
  max-width: 600px;
  padding: 20px 40px;
  box-sizing: border-box;
  text-align: center;

.fa {
  font-size: 38px;
  margin-top: 20px;

And there you have it! A nice, smooth floating animation made purely in CSS. If you need any help, just give us a shout!


Nathan da Silva - Profile

Posted by: Nathan da Silva

Nathan is the Founder of Silva Web Designs. He is passionate about web development, website design and basically anything digital related. His main expertise is with WordPress, Magento, Shopify as well as many other frameworks. Whether you need responsive design, SEO, speed optimisation or anything else in the world of digital then get in touch. If you would like to work with Nathan, simply drop him an email at [email protected]

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