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Originally designed in Japan in the 1950s as a child's plaything, these charming paper balloons have many uses. Play catch, pop them in party bags or create a mobile. Each balloon comes flat and individually packed in a recyclable clear bag with a header.


To use them simply blow in the hole which will force the balloon to expand, inflate and form into its circular shaped character. The balloons can be flattened and blown up over and over again. They look very effective hung up, and stay inflated. Please note they do not come with a hanging thread, but that's easily created with a paperclip or a match stick popped in the hole, or some thread sewn through the top fin.


Not suitable for children under the age of 3.


Made from environmentally-friendly waxed rice paper. Each balloon measures between 12cm and 15cm in diameter, fins and tails are extra! 

Japanese Paper Balloons

  • If you’re unhappy with any item, or if your order has been damaged in transit, please return it in its original packaging and with your order documents to:
    The Shell Grotto, Grotto Hill, Margate, Kent CT9 2BU
    Please return it within 14 days of receiving the order. We will issue a refund or replacement at your request, within 14 days of receipt of the returned goods.
    For hygiene reasons, earrings cannot be returned.
    If the item was damaged in transit or incorrectly supplied we will refund the costs of postage. In all other cases, the cost of returning the item will be at the customer’s expense. We recommend that when returning items you obtain a proof of posting from the Post Office as we cannot accept responsibility for any returned items that are lost in the post. This does not affect your statutory rights.

  • We make every effort to dispatch items within two days and aim for UK delivery within seven days of receiving your order.

    Prices are based on the use of multiple courier systems; Shell Grotto Trading will determine the courier or postal service used on each order.

    UK Delivery

    Standard UK delivery is £4.99, £2.99 for jewellery orders, and £1.99 for greetings cards. Free delivery over £100. We will let you know when your order has been despatched and provide you with tracking information. If you cannot sign for an item on delivery, please let us know. We cannot deliver to PO Boxes.

    Overseas Delivery

    Delivery to EU countries is £14.99, or £9.99 for jewellery or card orders. Deliveries are tracked and take around 4 days. Free delivery over £100.

    Please email us for a delivery quote for countries outside the EU.

    There may be local import duties and/or taxes payable on goods delivered outside the UK. It is the customer’s responsibility to pay these charges.

    Grotto Pickup available.

    Ready in 2 business days

    Please wait for email notification before collecting your order, and bring your order number and ID with you. Our opening hours will be detailed on your email.

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