Disclosure: I partnered with OZARKA® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water to bring you this tutorial for how to make a Homecoming Mum. All opinions are my own.
As a Texas native, it’s always been on my bucket list to learn how to make a Homecoming Mum. Nothing says fall in Texas quite like the Friday Night Lights at a homecoming game, with girls proudly wearing their mums for all to see.
I love this tradition so much that when OZARKA asked me to write a tutorial for how to make a Homecoming Mum, I quickly agreed — even though I don’t have a daughter to use it!
Luckily, my cousin just entered her freshman year of high school, so this was the perfect opportunity to pay it forward and give her a mum she could be proud of.
OZARKA has more than 100 years of Texas heritage — they’ve always played an integral role in the fabric of Texas communities and high school football is no exception.
For the second consecutive year, OZARKA is proud to support the Southlake Carroll High School football program as the official spring water of Dragon Stadium.
This season, OZARKA will be celebrating the three main facets of Texas high school football — community pride, homecoming and tailgating. I’ve partnered with them to bring homecoming to life and share my tips and tricks for how to make the best mums around.
Everything is bigger in Texas, and mums are no exception!
I decided to start small with a single mum, since this was my first try. But this tutorial can easily be adapted to double or even triple mums — just add more flowers and loops and points!
I also stuck with two primary colors (blue and white) with some silver accents. You could add more colors, just coordinate your ribbon sizes accordingly!
How to Make a Homecoming Mum
Here’s what you need to make a Homecoming Mum:
- 12 yards #16 ribbon in Color #1 (2-inches wide)
- 8 yards #16 ribbon in Color #2 (2-inches wide)
- 3 yards #9 ribbon in Color #1 (1.25-inches wide)
- 4 yards #9 ribbon in Color #2 (1.25-inches wide)
- 2 yards #5 ribbon in Color #2 (7/8-inches wide)
- 5 yards #3 ribbon in Color #1 (3/8-inches wide)
- 5 yards #3 ribbon in Color #2 (3/8-inches wide)
- Accent ribbons and accessories in 1-yard length
- Glitter letter stickers spelling HOMECOMING 2015 (and names, if desired)
- Cardboard Mum Backing (should come with three layers)
- Large Mum Flower
- Quality Stapler (This is *so* important!)
- Hot Glue Gun and Gluesticks
- Measuring Tape
Begin by assembling the loops for your mum backing. Cut 8 sets of #16 ribbon that are 6 inches long in Color #2. Cut 8 sets of #9 ribbon that are 6 inches long in Color #1.
Lay one set of each color ribbon on top of each other and fold to create a loop. Staple on one end. Repeat for the remaining 7 pieces.
Staple four loops around the mum backing using the center circle as a guide to ensure the ribbon is centered. You want one at each point to create a cross.
Add the four remaining loops to the backing in the spaces between the others. Again, use the center circle to ensure that the ribbon is centered.
Now it’s time to add the points. Cut 8 pieces that are 6 inches long in #9 ribbon in Color #1. Then cut 8 pieces that are 6 inches long in #5 ribbon in Color #2.
Layer the ribbons like before, this time folding them across vertically to create a point. Staple in place.
Fill in the gaps between the loops on your cardboard backing with the points. These will lift a bit and give the backing some dimension.
Now, we’ll create a looped ribbon to spell HOMECOMING 2015. You’ll need 17 loops to fit the entire phrase, leaving blank loops at the beginning and end.
Cut 17 pieces of #16 ribbon in Color #1 that are 6 inches long. Then cut 17 pieces of #9 ribbon in Color #2 that are 6 inches long. You’ll also need a piece of #16 ribbon in Color #1 that is 1 yard long.
Layer the ribbon and loop the ends together like we did in the first step. Staple the ends together.
Attach the loops to the 1 yard ribbon using staples. Work from the bottom to the top, making sure that each loop overlaps the one under it and hides the staples.
Cut the remaining ribbon into 1 yard long pieces, including any accent ribbon or trinket strings that you bought.
Start assembling the streamers by stapling them to another cardboard backing sheet, just under the circle opening.
You want a base layer of #16 ribbons in your two colors, overlapping each other and alternating colors. Add a few accent ribbons on top.
Cut the #3 ribbons into 1-yard pieces and add them on top. You can then add the Loop Ribbon and Trinket Strings on top of them.
Cut two small pieces of ribbon for the neck strap and staple onto the top. The two pieces will tie together to let the mum hang from the neck.
Add hot glue onto the front of your loops and points backing, then place the mum flower onto it, stringing it through the open hole.
Glue that cardboard backing to the one with the streamers, then glue the final cardboard backing onto the back to cover the staples.
Now your mum is ready to add any accents, letters, stickers, and trinkets! Hot glue them into place and you’re done!
Did you enjoy learning how to make a Homecoming Mum?
Now that you’ve finished, celebrate with a bottle of OZARKA®, which is sourced only from carefully selected springs in Texas and contains naturally occurring minerals for a refreshing, crisp, and clean taste.
What’s your favorite Homecoming memory or tradition? Share here in the comments or on the OZARKA® Brand Facebook Page!