Yesterday’s post explained my version of the history behind Homecoming mums.
Today’s post is the first to get into the construction or how to build or make a Homecoming Mum.
The first part to create is the backing, that is where the flower is attached. This is also what get attached to all the ribbon that hangs in the end.
Before we get too far into this, you might be wondering what supplies you need. Michael’s does a great job of giving you a basic list. They are also the store where I buy most of my Homecoming mum supplies. Mostly because of their large selection of trinkets and their specialty ribbons.
Something that cannot be stressed enough… you need a stapler and LOTS of staples! And a hot glue gun! Those are essentials. I like using a little stapler over a large one because it can get between the ribbons better.
Here is what one part of the circle looks like::
Many ribbons can seem kind of plan, so I dress them up with an accent ribbon. In this case I used a clear ribbon with gold stars on it. Each piece of ribbon before folded is about 4-5 inches long.
I choose to staple together the accent and main ribbon first, then fold the ribbon over and then staple them together. You can make the point as defined or open as you like.
I did the same thing with an alternating color::
Homecoming Mums | Making the Backing
Homecoming Mums | Ribbons and Trinkets
Homecoming Mums | Finishing the Mum
Homecoming Mums | Variations and Enhancements
Homecoming Mums | Garters:: Guys need bling too