TO brighten up her home for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, a homemaker in Penang learned to make scented soap flowers from watching YouTube.
Norlina Muhamad Nur, 37, said that instead of idling her time away, she started making the soap flowers to earn a little pocket money.
“The colourful blooms will certainly be a welcoming sight for visitors to the home.
“Every day for a month, I practised hard until I perfected the art of making beautiful soap flowers.
“Alhamdulillah, now I’m earning some money from customers who placed orders for my flowers,” she said at her house in George Town, Penang.
The mother of one, with a passion for flower arrangement, said the unique soap flowers smelled nice, would not wilt and could last up to six years.
“To make the flowers, first you have to grate the soap and add the food colouring of your choice.
“Then, add flour and some water and mix them together.
“To make the dough hard enough to design the petals, add a bit of glue and knead the dough well.
“Set it aside for two days for the mixture to become soft and easier to shape the petals,” she said.
Norlina said she mostly made roses and lilies that are sold for between RM5 and RM40 depending on whether they come in a stalk or bouquet.
Apart from selling soap flowers to those wanting to liven up their homes and taking orders for
convocation ceremonies, Norlina said she hoped to venture into floral decorations for weddings as well. – Bernama