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I built this balloon kit today for a mermaid tail that I saw online. I was curious how it would go together because for less than £15 I can understand why you would be tempted.

I don’t love the finished result, I’d give it a 5.5 out of 10, it’s ok but not to my usual standard. The thing I want to tell you about these kits is there’s no instructions, the first picture shows what’s in the bag. I’ve no idea what the funny plastic tabs or balloon glue are for, not something I’ve ever used before.

The balloons are thin, two of them had holes in, one of them had a damaged neck. I wanted another 18 to 24 balloons to be able to taper the top in better to the tail fins.

This took me a little over an hour to build using an electric balloon inflater which sizes the balloons for me so I get a uniform look. If you’re blowing them up using your mouth or a hand pump it’s going to take a lot longer and then you’ve got to figure out how to size and then fasten them together.

You’re not paying a balloon stylist for the balloons but the time and investment that has gone in to learning these skills.

Since I started, less than a year ago, I’ve been on a dozen different training courses and activities and I’ll continue to keep learning so I’m delivering balloons that you’re delighted with having avoided the worry of trying to figure out how some instructionless kit goes together spending hours on the job!

I have rebuilt this, see below so you can get a better idea of what it should look like .

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