How to Make a Texas-Sized Homecoming MumSeptember 13, 2018 | FILED UNDER: Fall
Read on to learn more about this giant Texas-sized homecoming mum, the tradition that inspired it, and a video of me making it in real-time!
When I first moved to Texas five years ago, I noticed local craft stores displaying a special set of supplies at this time of year. There would be big circular cardboard cutouts with holes in them, endless lengths of ribbon in local school colors, and embellishments galore. It took me several years to figure out what in the world they were for… homecoming mums, of course!
The Texas tradition is for a high school girl to wear a mum the day of homecoming, often given to her by her homecoming date. Mums are typically made by the date’s mom, or outsourced to one of the many professional mum makers that do a healthy business at this time of the year! Originally, mums were just that – a chrysanthemum that you would pin to your dress. Of course, in Texas, bigger is always better, so over the years the mums have evolved to include multiple faux mums accompanied by numerous lengths of ribbons, bells, and whistles. Some are heavy enough they require a “harness” to wear them around your neck! A quick search of homecoming mums on Pinterest will show you just how ornate and massive these mums can be!