Alvarado High senior Brittany Eicker wore a 'Texas-sized' mum  to their homecoming pep rally, complete with artificial flowers, ribbons, trinkets, and teddy bear,  in Alvarado, Texas, Friday, September 22 2017. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Alvarado High senior Brittany Eicker wore a 'Texas-sized' mum to their homecoming pep rally, complete with artificial flowers, ribbons, trinkets, and teddy bear, in Alvarado, Texas, Friday, September 22 2017. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Tom Fox/Staff Photographer

Since fourth grade, Brittany Eicker's dad has made her homecoming mums. 

For her senior year at Alvarado High School, however, she wanted something special. She searched the internet for photos of Texas-shaped mums, and showed her dad.

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"I'm going to blow your mind," she told him. He didn't know where to start on the massive mum, shaped like Texas, with ribbons, Christmas ornaments, teddy bears and more. "As long as it's purple, white and silver, and shaped like Texas, I don't care," she said.

Her dad gave it a go, but couldn't figure out where to begin, so he enlisted the help of a professional in Haltom City. Eicker said Lisa Campbell, the mum maker, engineered it so it was lighter than it looked, and only used a small neck strap for support.

The final bill: $575, which she paid for with wages from her two jobs at Chicken Express and a local nursing home.

"It was definitely what we were going for," Eicker said. "Football is what Texas revolves around, really, and homecoming is a big football event. [It] gives you a big way to show school spirit as well."

Alvarado High senior Brittany Eicker wore a 'Texas-sized' mum  to their homecoming pep rally, complete with artificial flowers, ribbons, trinkets and teddy bear.

Alvarado High senior Brittany Eicker wore a 'Texas-sized' mum to their homecoming pep rally, complete with artificial flowers, ribbons, trinkets and teddy bear.

Tom Fox/Staff Photographer
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