...at least that's how the saying goes, and in the case of Texas homecoming mums, it’s true.
Over the last few years I've listened to stories from friends as they planned, prepared and customized a mum for their son's girlfriend, spending upwards of $75 or more (for each one) in the process. I was floored and a little intrigued too. This year I got to experience it first hand and opted to make my own, I am a crafter, after all!
Each mum is done up in their school's colors and additional items are added that represent activities the recipient is involved with in or out of school.The major craft stores have one or two aisles dedicated to everything you need to make a mum. There is also a store in our area that sells the supplies or you can pick everything out and they'll make it for you. A whole store, crazy huh?!
So, a week ago I made a trip to the mum store and then spent 3 evenings, along with the help of my daughter, working on one for my son's girlfriend and one for her.
This one is for my daughter. She is a freshman so she has one mum (upper class men have more). The ribbon is approximately 3 feet long. Chains, charms and trinkets are added in with the ribbons and mum.
And...it isn't just for girls. The guys wear a mum attached to a garter on their arm. Their ribbons are usually 12-18 inches long and they have charms, trinkets, bell and whistles too!
These are very different than the mums I had growing up in Illinois. We had a small corsage with a couple mums and a little greenery. I think I got ripped off. Honey, if you're reading this, next year I would like a mum to wear to the homecoming football game, ok?! Pretty please!
Before you head off, go watch this fun little video I found taken of a Michael's employee talking about the Texas homecoming mum tradition.
Have a fabulous weekend, and GO EAGLES!