So I had to make a quick post to show this! I went to the local craft store a few weeks ago roaming around and they had their homecoming stuff out and I thought "well why not check it out!"
Well I'm glad I did. I know that the cost of materials has greatly increased. I can honestly tell you that most suppliers have gone up anywhere from 15% to 30% on their wholesale prices over the past couple of years. HOWEVER - I could NOT believe the prices in the store!
No wonder so many people complain about the high cost of making homecoming mums! Well, I took my time and started to go through and pick out all the basic items needed to make a single homecoming mum WOW! I couldn't believe what it added up to! Not to mention, you have to buy packs of some things (like pipe cleaner or jingle bells) and you don't need a whole pack (that just forces you to spend more money). Oh........yeah, it's a store, of course they want you to spend more money than you need to.
That was when I decided I wanted to start making mum kits. I know so many enjoy making their own mums but dread fighting the crowd during homecoming mum season and are tired of buying so much more than they need. Not to mention the multiple trips to different stores because of inventory (every year they run out of something - flowers, bears, backers, etc). For those of you who have shopped during mum season you know what I'm talking about. Standing in line waiting your turn to cut some ribbon only to have someone jump up in front of you! Or having to look "around" other people trying to see what trinkets are on the wall. AND don't forget the multiple trips to the store! THAT'S RIGHT!! Every year I hear people over and over say how many times they have had to go back to the store because they forgot the backers or forgot the solid ribbon, etc.
I sat down and made a mum from start to finish to figure each piece needed to create a really nice mum - not one of those small dinky ones you see hanging in the craft store - a more substantial size mum with sufficient ribbon and items. And that is what is in the mum kit!!
If you are curious as to the price difference from the local craft store, here was my break down after I went "shopping":
- 7" White Flower $6.99
- 2 Pack of 6" Round Backers $1.49 (had to buy 2)
- 1 Military Braid $8.99
- 3pk Cowbells $2.99
- 2 Jingle Bells had to buy a whole bag for $5
- 3 Large Trinkets $1 each
- 3 Medium Trinkets $1.49 for a 2 pack
- 4 Small Trinkets $1.49 for a 3 pack
- Class Star $1.29 for a 2 pack
- 20 yards #16 Ribbon $12
- 12 yards #9 Ribbon $6
- 4 yards #5 Ribbon $2
- 2 yards #3 Ribbon $1
- Garland $5.99 for 9 feet
- Beads $1.99 for 9 feet
- 1 yard Honeycomb Ribbon $1.50
- 1 yard Superlane Ribbon $1.50
- 1 yard Ice Crunch Ribbon $1.00
- 2 yards Metallic Mylar #9 Ribbon $2
- 2 yards Metallic Mylar #5 Ribbon $2
- 3 Printed Ribbons $4
- 1 Printed Class Ribbon $1.40
- Roll of Curling Ribbon $1.99
- Homecoming Stickers $2.49
- Stickers For Name $.49 per letter
- 1 Yard Satin Ribbon for Neck $1
- Bow $1.49
- Pipe Cleaner $1.99 (for 20)
- TOTAL $93.44
WOW!!! I couldn't believe the price! Even with a 40% off 1 item coupon and a 10% off Homecoming items coupon, it was still much higher than a kit!! The average was $30 more (using coupons) and could go higher!
PLUS the kits come with step by step picture instructions! You won't find that in the store!! We do also offer additional items to buy to make your mum even bigger and fuller! Save time and money and buy a kit - MUCH EASIER!!
NOW FOR FREE - DOWNLOAD OUR STEP BY STEP PICTURE TUTORIAL FOR SINGLE HOMECOMING MUM, DOUBLE HOMECOMING MUM, TRIPLE HOMECOMING MUM & HOMECOMING GARTER! Located at our website MelzMumz.com Make Your Own Mum Kit. Scroll to very bottom of page and you will see the FREE printable instructions!!