With only 30 minutes to play at the Instructables workshop in San Francisco, I found a balloon, wrapped it in string and sprayed it with starch and paint. The intention was a shell of painted string after the balloon is popped. But I didn't let it dry enough and this is the result. A squid lookin thing. So I sewed on some buttons and ran with it. My coworker Sharla is the lucky recipient (I was late to our meeting and it was a token for forgiveness).
Thanks for the holiday party Instructables! That was fun and I'm coming back to play.