Simple Homemade Homecoming Mum and Garter Tutorial

I made a mum and garter for two friends this year for homecoming and wanted to share how I did it.  They were both very easy and I thought they came out very cute.  Both children are pretty young so I wanted them to be age appropriate.  I wanted them to be light and smaller than the average mum so that they really could wear it all day at school and to the football game.
For a mum or garter the supplies are up to you.  I used lots of orange, black, and silver because this is Dumas’ colors.  You will need a mum flower, lots of ribbon, hot glue, and then stamps, stencils, bells, stickers, and other things to add to your mum.  There are lots of options!
First I cut two small circles from card stock.  They need to be about 4 inches in diameter but the size is up to you.  This is for a small girl but if you are doing one for a high school student you would make it larger.
First, cut one color of ribbon and fold it like I have shown.  Glue these pieces in a circular pattern all the way around.  Make sure the loop part sticks out from the card stock.  This will form the background for your mum flower.  You need to leave some room at the bottom for the ribbons to be glued later.
I added a second layer of ribbon in a constrasting color to add more interest.   You can do two or three layers of ribbon during this step.  Again, the options are up to you!
Next, you need to lay out all of your different ribbons to see what you want them to look like.  Once you decide how you want them positioned, go ahead and hot glue them to the center of the card stock circle.  Remember that if you are making this for a small girl or boy you need to keep it simple.  If you are making it for a high school age student, you can add way more ribbons to make it fuller and longer.  The length of the ribbon is up to you but none of mine were more than ten inches long.
I used a wooden disk for the center of the mum flower.  The little girl I was making it for loves peace signs so I stamped a black peace sign in the center and then sealed it with decoupage.  Other options for the center are wooden letters for their intitials, a small teddy bear, or anything that child loves.
For her center ribbon, I wanted to put her name on it.  I used my stencils to put her name on the ribbon with black paint.  At the bottom I stenciled another peace sign.  You could also use stamps during this step.
When you are finished with the name ribbon, glue it to the center of the card stock circle.
Next, take the mum flower apart and lay them out from largest to smallest.
Glue the mum flower to the card stock one layer at a time.  Start with the biggest piece and work down to the smallest piece of flower in the middle.
Finally, glue the wooden piece to the middle of the mum flower with hot glue.
You can add extras like bells to the ribbons.  You can get lots of different accessories for mums at stores such as Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
Glue a looped ribbon to the back of the card stock circle so that you can attach a pin to the girls shirt.
Take the other card stock circle you cut at the beginning and glue it to the back to cover up the bottom of the looped ribbon.  I also added a small piece of cute scrapbook paper to the back just for fun.
DIY Homecoming Mum and Garter Tutorial:  the Child at Heart blog
The finished product!
DIY Homecoming Mum and Garter Tutorial:  the Child at Heart blog
DIY Homecoming Mum and Garter Tutorial:  the Child at Heart blog
DIY Homecoming Mum and Garter Tutorial:  the Child at Heart blog
This was the garter that I made.  I made it in the same way but made it more for a boy.
DIY Homecoming Mum and Garter Tutorial:  the Child at Heart blog
The center of his mum flower was a wooden disk and a sticker that I got from the sports section.  These stickers are for football helmets but they were perfect for this too!
DIY Homecoming Mum and Garter Tutorial:  the Child at Heart blog
On the garter, I did his name ribbon and I also stamped the teams name “Dumas” and “Demons” on two smaller ribbons.
This is the back of his garter.  I just hot glued the garter piece to the back of the card stock circle.  If you are making a small garter you could also use a hair elastic if your little guy is five or younger.
DIY Homecoming Mum and Garter Tutorial:  the Child at Heart blog
I did these mums for my cousin’s girls for homecoming…they are both very young so they are very small…they looked so cute!!
By | 2015-05-01T02:37:07+00:00 September 5th, 2011|12 Comments


  1. amanda myers September 21, 2017 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Thank you for these very helpful instructions gonna make my boys a garter and I will post pics

    • Deonna September 22, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Hey Amanda! Yeah please post pics!

      • amanda myers September 27, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

        It doesn’t let me post pictures if you email me I can email them to you

  2. Dora September 4, 2017 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Thank you for your ideas, I was living in El Paso before moving to Dumas and I love the small town feeling its great, the people are so warm, I moved from Chicago to el Paso and over there they don’t use mums, until I came to Texas discovered the Mums, I started to make them for mi girls, but now they all grown ups with kids of their own and I making them mums and garters.

    • Deonna September 4, 2017 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      That’s so crazy! Yeah mums are tons of fun! I can’t believe you lived in El Paso and Dumas…I hope you love Dumas…I did! 🙂

  3. Mary September 24, 2016 at 2:22 am - Reply

    Oh my I grew up in Childress and both of my sisters lived in Dumas!

    • Deonna September 29, 2016 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      Hey Mary! That’s crazy! I live in El Paso now but I loved living in Dumas while I was there…great little town. I miss the snow 🙂

      • Deonna September 29, 2016 at 1:53 pm - Reply

        I would also love to see pictures if you make a mum! 🙂

  4. bel September 22, 2016 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Very helpful.. thanks

    • Deonna September 29, 2016 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      Hey girl! I’m glad it was helpful. If you make a mum please share pictures…I would love to see it!

  5. Susan September 26, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Thank you! I grew up in NY and now live in Texas. My daughter is a freshman and I had no idea what a big deal this is. I followed your instructions, and her mum came out great! Thank you for saving this clueless mom!

    • Deonna October 2, 2014 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      Oh PLEASE share pictures! I would love to see it 🙂

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