When we moved to Texas a few years ago there was a tradition that was very new to me. At the High School Homecoming, kids wear these things called Mums.
I admit, my initial thoughts weren’t exactly kind. Basically, I thought they were hideous.
But then, as we live here longer and I guess since I’ve been drinking Texas water, the mums are starting to grow on me.
It may take a few more years of Texas Water to be ready for the human-sized ones. This one right here could be yours for $600.
I’m not quite into the enormous ones yet, but my girls each wanted one this year, so I decided to do a simple one that even I could think was kind of pretty.
All three of my daughters in middle school wanted one, and truthfully, I didn’t even ask my son in 1st grade. Yes, there will be plenty of kids at the elementary school with mums, but I haven’t wrapped my mind around that yet.
Homecoming isn’t until this Friday, so we still have a few more tweaks (like, I think I’m going to add a ribbon so they can wear them as a necklace). But, here is what we’ve got so far.
To make these, I had to go to a specialty store a few towns over that has aisles and aisles of mum-making supplies. Seriously, only in Texas, people.
Here is my cart full of mum-making materials for 3 mums. I should have taken pictures of the carts in line with me with overflowing carts, but my mama taught me manners.
Later that night, I had a couple of my girls that were finished with homework help me cut and sort the ribbons. We needed 36 little pieces of black and 36 little pieces of gold just to make the “ribbon frames” for the mum flowers to nest in.
I based what I was doing on some mums I looked at really closely at the supply shop. Equipped with only my knowledge from studying the pre-made one, I just went for it and started making a mum.
I was so excited to be done with the mum-frame layer. I thought it was the hardest part.
One of my really proud moments was when I eventually figured out to take the back of the flower stem off and use it to keep all the layers together. I’ll glue this on to it before they take them to school on Friday.
The next step was taking the ribbons and glueing them to the cardboard circle. This step was way easier. I basically just tried to put the thick ribbons in the back and space out different colors.
I glued another cardboard circle on top of it to “seal” in all the ribbons. Seriously, I was making this up as I went, but I felt like I was doing a decent job figuring it out!
Don’t look at these little sad eyes below. It isn’t that he doesn’t have a mum. He is begging for electronics before bed on a school night and that wasn’t happening. Poor baby.
I know this may sound ridiculous, especially if you’re new to mums, but I am SO DANG PROUD OF MYSELF about making these things. I feel like I should get some kind of gold star, or maybe some kind of mum.
But, I guess the best reward is making my girls happy.
I took the above photo before school on a school spirit day since Homecoming hasn’t happened yet. I’m sure someone will be so happy to see that I’ve posted a photo of her in her PE clothes (she has it 1st period). The price you pay for your mom to blog.
So, if you’re new to Texas Mums, what do you think? Is it startling, or are you thinking about starting the trend in your area? 😂 If so, now you have a brief overview of making one for yourself. You’re welcome.
From my home to yours,
Carrie Butikofer says
I’ve heard stories about Texas Mums.. Great job!
Thanks, Carrie! They were fun.