They're very cumbersome, heavy, cost a fortune, and if you don't have one, you're treated as though you have the bubonic plague.
They've been a tradition in Texas for a long time. A relative told me she used to wear a fresh mum with ribbons back in the late 50s.
In this instructable, I hope to encourage west coasters to try this. When someone asks you what the heck you're wearing, say, "Dude....duh! It's a homecoming ribbon!" (Seriously, don't say 'dude' in Texas though.)
Step 1: Supplies
You need 2 cardboard circles, 6"inches in diameter.
3' feet lengths of either silver, gold, or white, cord, or thin ribbon, depending on which color accents your school. You need at least 5 lengths of the medium width ribbon (1/2" inch wide)
Get another couple of spools that can accent...there's no such thing as too much glitz, or glam here! I've used silver & green Christmas garland.
2 large latching pins for the back, or 2 large safety pins
Glue gun and sticks
Stickers...not just any though. You need sparkle, shine, and flash. Get letters to spell out the following: Name of School, name of the player you're cheering for and their number, name of their sport/activity (football, band, cheerleading, drill team, etc.,)and the current school year.
Satin mum flower
Tiny trinkets: cow bells, footballs, cheer megaphones, etc.
The newest trend is to put something in the middle of the mum, like a small Teddy Bear. (I think LED's would be better!)
The ribbons for guys aren't as long, but they are just as massive. Instead of being worn with a pinned back, they are attached to a garter and worn around the upper arm.