Mums the Word

Mums the Word

Mums the Word

by Steve Gamel

A quick history of the homecoming mum

It’s homecoming season in Texas, so you know what that means – mums.

Ahh yes, Texas’ fall high school fashion trend that started many mums ago and will live on for years to come.

It’s a tradition, and it looks fantastic. But where do mums come from, exactly? And when did they go from a simple flower to gigantic, custom pieces that are more often than not bigger than the girl wearing them?

The first question is easier to answer. Mums come from the Chrysanthemum flower, which according to the National Chrysanthemum Society, USA dates back to 15th-century China. The Chrysanthemum was
eventually introduced to the Western World. In its most basic form, a homecoming mum is a typical corsage with some kind of backing and maybe a few ribbons. In many of these traditional cases, the flower is real.

Around the 1970s, mums became more elaborate. Today, there is no limit to the design options that are available in many custom shops around North Texas.

Over the last few years, the mum craze has branched out to neighboring states. But they will always be bigger in Texas.


Marty and Rene started making mums for their boys and their friends when they were freshmen. They loved crafting, spending time together and creating mums so they decided to keep going. Over the years their business has grown and they are excited to continue to grow together.

“We would love to make a mum or garter for you! We have pre-made mums that we will customize to your liking. We can also make one from scratch to meet your needs. Text or email to set up a time to come pick out a mum!”

Marty Frank and Rene Diebold | | 314.308.3663

General Mum Pricing: $50 – $125
Boutonnières: $12
Wrist Corsages: $25

marty frank and rene diebold

white mum

silver mum

group of mums













photos courtesy of Marty Frank

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