Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Homecoming Mum - Purple

After seeing all of my daughter's friends' fabulous mums, I had to make one more! This is for a friend who goes to a "purple" school - what a gorgeous color for a mum! 

I used only a few "traditional" types of mum ribbon and used more glittery and sparkly decorative ribbon. I still added all of the "cheer" embellishments and cowbells, but the wired ribbon definitely made this mum more "flow-y" and a bit lighter since I was able to use less ribbon.


I used wired ribbons, sheer ribbons, metallic ribbons, holographic ribbons, and plain curling ribbon, although the sparkly curly ribbon would have been fun, too. Instead of making points for around the flower, I just folded the ribbon length directly in half and stapled and layered them.

I do have a few instructions on making mums in some posts from August and September of 2011.

Monday, September 24, 2012

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.)

My mums just barely touch the surface of all the things you can do with your mum.

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.

Completed mini-mum.

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)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Homecoming Mum Idea - Tulle Ribbon

So, I am getting started on my mums for this year and thought I'd be brave and try something different (at least for me!).  My youngest loves anything sparkly so I am using glitter tulle for the decoration around the flower. (See my last post for how to get a super cute cheerleader!)

This particular mum is a small one - about 4" in diameter.

I started off folding the tulle in half (about 4" strips), kind of bunching each strip together, and layering the colors.  This was not my favorite so I went back to the points that I used last year.

I cut approximately 4 -4 1/2" strips, folded each in half and then in thirds (with the raw edges on the inside). I then just folded them like I normally would to make the points.

I love how sparkly it turned out! As a warning, glitter does come off of the tulle and there were (are) sparkles everywhere!

Hopefully, I will have pictures of all the streamers soon! These are links to my other homecoming mum posts with more details about attaching everything.

I have not attached the cheerleader yet, but I am planning on lots of hot glue!!

mum #1- smaller mum and point details
mum #2 - looped ribbon for mum
mum #3 -larger mum and finishing
mum #4 - another mum idea