Just some final - I think - mum photos so y'all can see how they look. They are all pretty much variations on the same idea just using different ribbons. (I was in a rush so I apologize for not-so-great photos.)
There are so many fabulous ribbons and decorations out there that as long as you don't mind the cost, your mums can be as over-the-top as you want!
At my daughter's mum exchange many of the mums were so fabulous that I wanted one!
I still like the braided ribbons and I used the tiger/zebra striped ribbon to make a looped ribbon this year (just like the "homecoming" one from last year but without the letters!)
I added some sparkly tulle between the points and the flower to give it a bit more substance.
I layered grosgrain ribbon on top of "typical" mum ribbon. The black mum is going to have a smaller white mum in the center so the cheerleader doesn't disappear!
Please see some of my other posts for some how-to's! (August and September 2011 and September 2012)