What are you most proud of? My clever brain. And the part where my kids wouldn't throw this thing out. What advice would you give someone starting this project? A metal 'expanding toy' would be too saggy. I used a drill to make the holes, just poking them would crack the paint stirrer. This is my quick and dirty solution. And cheap. UPDATE: 2013 and it's going to be put back together and go back to work! The rainbow aspect of it made some rough days a little more fun last summer. We're getting the band back together!