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« on: December 30, 2010 03:05:07 PM »

I don't know if I put this in the right place, but it seems like an accessory bauble to me.

I don't know if homecoming is celebrated in other states, but here in Texas it is a huge ordeal. The girls and guys wear these huge mum flowers with long streamers. Don't know why, but it is a tradition. I was asked to make this one for a very special young lady (whom I love and adore) who cheers, it is her first high school game and her first Homecoming. I put some really personal touches in it. Here in Texas, you can buy a majority of this stuff pre-made, then you just assemble it with whatever accessories you want. Its a bunch of tacky plastic stuff from China and pretty junky in my opionion. So I made some charms from shrinky dinks with the school logo, and a megaphone from an old vinyl record. Their school initials is JC and her name also just happens to be Julie. I also put a disco ball on here which is an old Christmas ornament and included black and white damask ribbon which is a special print to her. The J in the center of the flower is an iron on applique which I glued using E6000 to some foam core board. It has beaded necklace so that she can wear it around her neck or pin it on her shirt. It is about 36" long. I also made one for the boyfriend which is smaller, attached to a garter and worn on the arm.

Close up of the flower part.  I love the alphabet blocks that spell out HOMECOMING.  The cheer parts around the flower are actually these buttons sold with the scrapbooking stuff.  The springy stars are sold where the giftwrap is.

Here are some of the charms I made, the Texas one is actually their school logo and I made it from shrinky dinks.  The megaphone with the letter J on it is made from a vinyl record (because she is a musician and I wanted music in it).  I used E6000 to glue the rhinestones on.

I wanted to have a few recycled bits, hence the record, but I also made a candy wrapper chain from granola bar wrappers and chip bags.  Its unfinished in the photos because my hands started hurting, but I had it finished before I gave it to her. Another view to see more of the pretty ribbons.

Here is the boyfriend garter mum

This one is smaller, worn on the arm with a garter. I also attached a pin where he could pin it instead of using the garter because it seemed scratchy to me. The boy ones are not supposed to be as *loud* as the girls' mums. This one is about 12" long

Again on this one I used iron on collegiate block letters for the center of the mum and some whispy girlie feather boa around it to make it a little flirty and fun

I spent about $30 on materials for both mums, but to have one made, they retail for about $250 for the one like I made for the girl and probably about $25 for the boy one.
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2010 04:15:27 PM »

Wow those are cool! What a great idea to personalize it so. They look excellent!
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2010 05:12:01 PM »

this is really cool! at my college, daisy chains were the big thing- everybody put daisy chain lace on their grad gowns and stuff, but i wish i had done it bigger.

more like these! super cool! hope everybody else was jealous of them.

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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2010 08:56:16 PM »

I can remember the first time I was introduced to these things. I moved to Columbus, TX. I was so embarrassed when my boyfriend showed up with one for our homecoming and I had nothing for him. I really had no idea what this was. I felt terrible that I hadn't gotten something for him.
Anyway these are really great! Mine was red and white and I remember having a bell on it. Blue and silver looks so much more awesome!
Great job.
« Last Edit: December 30, 2010 08:56:44 PM by JustKat » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2011 06:30:48 PM »

found a good site for homecoming ideas and books.


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