When high school Daughter came home saying she not only wanted one this year, but wanted to make it, I wasn't quite sure what she was talking about. Although I'd seen them, I hadn't paid much attention to their construction. So with a little internet searching we decided it was something we thought we could make. We had heard that they might cost over $75 dollars if you bought one already made, and we figured we could make one for less. Some people spend over $100! On a mum!
With a little more investigation, I found that Hobby Lobby had homecoming supplies. Indeed, they had an entire aisle full of the various required elements for a mum. And after watching a lady making special orders, I had a better idea what to buy.
So with all our supplies - ribbons, trinkets, cardboard, artificial flower, stapler and glue gun - we took over the dining room table and set to work. For us it was a little trial-and-error but we gradually worked out what looked good. There is definitely a creative element to making one. We made the starburst layer and the streamers layer, then glued it all together with the mum.