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When I moved from the west coast to Texas, I couldn't help but notice the giant ribbons people wore at the homecoming football games. Why??? Texas sized school pride!

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.)
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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You need oodles of ribbon. 10 in one color, and 10 in a second color. A bare minimum length is about 24 inches; my ribbons are 3' feet in length. (These should be 1 1/2 to 2" wide)

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.

Stapler

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.
This isnt just done in TEXAS either.. Most parts of New Mexico does this also.. The part of NM we call West Texas.. and yes they are real, hug, expensive and a must if you plan on going to school the friday of homecoming. My sons are now in high school and the part of NM we live in, does not do this.. Im sad and happy at the same time! I still have mine my hubby bought me our senior year. we were HS sweet hearts.. and just celebrated 21 years of marriage. We also dont call these ribbons or mums.. they are corsages for the girls and butoneirs for the dudes. (the dudes are garter belts worn on the arm and normally they are made to match the girls.. these are complete with stuffed animals, candy, music, lights etc.. they range from approx 75 bucks to 300. the expensive ones have the large flowers on the front.. and then have a a smaller to medium one that attaches to the back.. the more popular you are.. the more your expected have..
NE patsrock2 years ago
hey is this prosper
I CAN PROMISE YOU WE WEAR THEM IN TEXAS SINCE I WAS IN ELEMENTARY I WORE A MUM EVERY YEAR FOR HOMECOMING. MY DAD BOUGHT MINE UNTIL I WAS ASKED TO HOMECOMING BY A GUY WHO THEN BOUGHT THE MUM FOR ME. IN TEXAS BIGGER IS BETTER AND SO IT GOES WITH THE MUMS.
Very Interesting (author)  FASTPITCHMOM4 years ago
As homecoming approaches, I want to thank you for your testimony. I looked at it on the wall again, and thought, Dang, that thing is Huge! However, when I got out in public, I realized how puny my ribbon actually is. After making one, I think it's worth the 75 to 100 bucks to buy one!
elfwinner5 years ago
holy cow! i just moved from waxahachie texas to iowa. Our school colors were green and white and they look like an exact replica of them. what part of texas are you from?
Very Interesting (author) 5 years ago
Thanks I got a really good laugh from all this. YES, they are real. Our homecoming is in 3 weeks, at which time I will take all kinds of photos of people wearing them proudly. Please go ahead and google Homecoming Mum, and then click on images.Try these 3 images. The second one isn't as long because it's for a guy. Football players wear them on their arms. The third image shows the kids wearing them...notice how big the girls' are. picasaweb.google.com/.../Zw1YT7E5Gn6v_1om_nFoDA jeaniesjewelry.com/senior_garters.htm www.royales.org/events/news/2005mumsale.htm
Purocuyu5 years ago
Hold Everything! You can't possibly show a picture of a great big ribbon, and not show a picture of somebody (maybe you?) actually wearing it. Being from California, I will need some proof that this is for real, before I walk around with one, and say, "Hey, don't laugh, they do this in Texas!" Seriously, that is a lot of work for a ribbon. I may have no choice but to make one, even without the photo proof, that somebody in Texas is willing to wear one.
I didn't think this was real either. I looked online and they are called homecoming mums.

check out google images for homecoming mum
but they do wear these in Texas - just look up homecoming pics from texas
Are you from Wall ISD?