In my research, I realized that you can pay more than $300 for a homecoming mum. I'm sorry, but that is absolutely ridiculous. I found a few websites that helped me out but now I would like to share with you how I made mine and how I saved on costs.
First lets start with the ribbons. Homecoming mums are made with cheap floral ribbon. Unfortunately, it's hard to find if you're not buying it right at homecoming. Whenever, I see it at a cheap price, I pick it up. The craft stores are selling it for about $1/yard. Look for the rolls where you can buy it for $1/roll of 9-40 yards. Specialty ribbon is the same. Check the sales racks, find Christmas ribbon at the after Christmas sales (red, green, silver, gold, white, purple, aqua). Or, find the holiday with your school colors.
For the special ribbon chains, make them yourself. I've seen stores selling the 4 strand chain and the loop chain for $6. It's super easy to make. Check out this girls vintage scrapping blog. One of my favorite chains is one I learned to make in elementary school. I'll try to post instructions soon.
|4 strand military chain|
|2 strand chain|
|Feather boa from the dollar store and curling ribbon add that something extra.|
Next there is the trinkets, you might need to purchase a bag but while I was making my mum I realized I didn't need very many. Look in other sections of the store. Instead of paying $1 for a cowbell in the mum section, find the section that sells jingle bells, etc. I found a bag of "church bells" for about $1.
|A bag of church bells were much more economical than buying cow bells from the mum section.|
|Use your trinkets strategically.|
|I alternated 2 color "awareness" ribbons with loop ribbons for a custom look. Then, I added wire garland from the party store.|
Attach your long dangle ribbons to another cardboard circle by stapling. I added some extra Christmas ribbon, some curling ribbon for wrapping packages, and half of a feather boa that I found at the dollar store.
Next, you will staple and glue both cardboard circle together. Then I hot glued another piece of card stock to the very back to pretty it up and hide all the staples. Also, cut the bottom of your ribbons with an upside down V by folding in half and cutting a diagonal from the outer edge up to the middle edge to finish off the ends.