Mum-of-two spends six hours blowing up over 1,000 balloons for elaborate elf prank

A mum has shared how she spent six whole hours blowing up over 1,000 balloons to fill up her utility room as part of an Elf on the Shelf prank for her daughter Molly

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Mum-of-two spends six hours blowing up over 1000 balloons for elf prank

Elf on the Shelf has become a huge Christmas tradition for families around the world.

It sees parents placing an Elf toy around the home, in different positions and setting up pranks – as Santa’s little helper keeps an eye on the kids to see if they are being naughty or nice.

Some parents simply move the Elf on the Shelf around their home, but one mum has gone above and beyond to keep her daughter entertained over the festive period.

Rebecca Illingworth has shared how she spent over six hours blowing up balloons to fill her home’s utility room for her daughter Molly, eight.

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Rebecca, who cares for Molly full-time, was able to capture the magical moment when Molly released the balloons in an amazing video.

The 37-year-old has been doing Elf on the Shelf for four years with her daughter and has included a balloon prank every year, on a larger scale each time.

She said: “I’ve been planning this for basically the whole year, counting down the days for it.

“I have no idea what I’m going to do next year, I was sort of planning that this year would be our last one.

“Now that’s not looking so likely.

“It started with me filling the bathtub with balloons when Molly was four, then the next year I did the bathroom half full of balloons.

“Last year it was the area at the bottom of the stairs, so the only way to top that this time was a whole room floor to ceiling!”

Rebecca admits she did have to rope in a friend to help her blow up the 1,200 balloons needed to fill the entire room.

“She wasn’t able to help last year, with the lockdown, so it was great to have an extra set of hands this year,” the mum explained.

“My lips were so sore afterwards, and we both had blisters on our fingers, but it was worth it to see Molly’s face.

“This year has definitely been the best one yet, because she was actually able to pull on the tape and release all the balloons herself.”

Molly is currently in the process of being diagnosed with autism, and Rebecca says the Elf is a huge help.

She said: “We have a rule that she can’t go and look for the elf until she’s dressed.

“Normally, getting her dressed for school is really difficult, but for December it’s great because she just wants to see the Elf.

“Molly struggles with a lot of things that come with Christmas, like going to the pantomime and stuff like that, it can be overwhelming for her.

“Being able to surprise her with the Elf is like a bit of normalcy, she absolutely loves it.”

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