People in Sumatra, Indonesia, especially the Malay ethnic group, have a unique way of celebrating special days and events. They make lots of flower eggs and share them with guests at weddings, birthday parties, baby showers and religious events. The egg that is hung on the stalk symbolizes fertility while the flower represents beauty. Each attending guest receives one flower egg.
For every special occasion, the women will help each other make flower eggs.
In this post, I will give a brief overview on how to make flower eggs from colorful plastic bags. I live in Riau, Indonesia and learned to make these with my neighbor. Flower eggs can also be made with paper and are a great craft for kids.
First, collect plastic bags of various colors, especially a few green ones for the leaves.
For the flower, cut four squares, about 10 x 10 cm each. For the leaves, cut two squares, about 7 x 7 cm each.
Then cut the squares to shape the petals and leaves as pictured below. Cut a small hole in the middle.
Grab a chopstick or bamboo stick, insert a flower corolla, glue it to the stick and shape as pictured. Repeat until all the flower corollas are glued onto the sticks.
Proceed to glue on the leaves in the same way. You may also choose to wrap the bamboo stick with green plastic.
Finally, hang a boiled egg with a net or cloth and attach them to the stalk with twist ties or pipe cleaners. Display the flowers in vases or glass jars filled with uncooked rice.
Make as many flower eggs as the number of guests you expect to attend your celebration, and hand each guest a flower egg at the end of the event. The egg flowers also make a beautiful decorative centerpiece.