Savvy Mum saves £16 by creating her own ‘quarantined’ Elf on the Shelf using a condom

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A crafty mother has come up with an affordable way to have a quarantining elf on the shelf, and it involves using a condom.

Sapphire Grimes-Williams, 24, loved the idea of putting the elf inside a large balloon and then allowing her daughter Alayla Kelly to pop it once the santa’s helper had completed a two-week quarantine period.

However, she was horrified at how much the toy, which she found online, would cost her.

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After trying to recreate it herself with a balloon, she found that the head of the toy got stuck, so instead used a fresh condom, which enabled the elf to slip in easier.

She decorated it with lettering which read: "'warning, isolating" and her five year old was thrilled.

Shropshire-based Sapphire said: "We did Elf on the Shelf last year – a bit late because I wasn't going to do it. She remembers some of the things we did and thought it was really funny.

"I wasn't sure if I was going to do it again this year as I just couldn't be bothered. I saw someone advertising them and selling them properly. I thought they were amazing and I wanted one.

"I messaged that person and they were charging £16 and I was like, 'I am not paying that'. It's a lot of money just to pop a balloon on December 1.

"It was a balloon with the elf in there and blown it up. You can get really big balloons online.

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"I was going to order one and do it that way, but it would have gotten here on the 25th November so it was too late.

"I had to think really quickly. That's what came to my mind [to do] a condom. It was the only thing I had in the house at the time.

"I had been out and bought normal balloons but I physically couldn't get the elf's head in it. I have a really funny photo of the elf with his head sticking out of the balloon.

"His whole body could get in apart from his head. It looked quite funny but I physically couldn't get the elf in.

"I thought about using a jar but I liked the idea of my daughter popping the balloon on the day. It just wouldn't get in the balloon so [I had to use a condom].

"I used a couple because they were breaking as I was putting it in. It went in. It was quite easy actually. I was quite chuffed.

"It went into the condom really easily. I was quite surprised about it, but it worked.

"I didn't really think of it being a funny idea but I sent it to my sister and she said, 'Sapphire, that's absolutely amazing'."

Sapphire claims Alayla loved the balloon when she woke up last week to find the elf waiting for her in its condom quarantine.

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She shared pictures of her creation online revealing the creative use of the condom – and got more than 3,000 likes and comments on the post.

Sapphire, who works as a personal assistant, said: "Her reaction was brilliant. I put it down in the evening and she woke up to it in the morning, and all I heard from her was, 'mummy come here now'.

"I said, 'what's the matter, what's wrong?' and she said, 'come here'. I walked into the living room and she said, 'the elf is back – in a balloon'.

"I read out the letter to her and she was like, 'mum, do we get him out now?'. I said, 'no baby, he's got to stay in there because he needs to self-isolate'.

"She has picked up on the virus quite well so she understands he's got to stay in there because he's come from the North Pole. He's got to isolate.

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"A lot of people are just saying how ingenius and clever it is. A couple of people have asked if it was slimy for my daughter to touch, but I've clarified I've washed the condom first.

"It's been a really good response. I thought, with a child touching a condom, there would be a lot of mixed reviews from people asking why I let my daughter touch a condom, but obviously to her it's a balloon.

"I know it's a condom, but to her it's a balloon."

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