ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – For students all over Texas, Homecoming is more than just a football game. It’s about school pride and for some, it’s “Go big or go home.” One Abilene mom says her business started out as just a hobby, making homecoming mums for her daughter, then her daughter’s friends and things really snowballed from there.
Mums have been around since the 1930s as a form of school spirit and creativity. Allysun Gutierrez, mother of an Abilene ISD student, explained to KTAB/KRBC that a Texas mum is a whole different game than it had been in the past.
“You know you see a Texas-sized mum when you have to do a double take,” said Gutierrez.
Gutierrez began making these mums just for her daughter but said things changed quickly, “Another mom saw it and she goes, ‘I want that same mum!’ Then another mom saw it and goes, ‘I want that same mum, where did you get it?’ And it kinda exploded from there.”
With the help of a friend named Maggie, Gutierrez said the duo focuses on creating custom homecoming mums for students all over Abilene, all the while emphasizing the importance of self-expression.
“Its a chapter in your life,” said Maggie. “From one year, you could be into soccer. The next, you could be in track and at state champs. This is a way to document that not just in photos, but a keepsake.”
The average mum takes Gutierrez around six to eight hours to make. She and Maggie expect to make around 300 mums this homecoming season.
“We really created a bond over this, and our friendship has grown stronger and I don’t see us ever stopping,” added Maggie.
With Designs by DiAlly, Gutierrez doesn’t just create one-of-a-kind homecoming mums, but she also makes party decorations. Click here to be taken to her business page and learn more.