Cut the top of a crew sock off. Turn sock inside out, attach a rubber band to top of the sock. Turn sock right-side out again. Fill with rice. Pack it down to make a round base. Rubber band the top of the sock closed, another band for head. Now, decorate!
Stripes on laundry room door wall? Easy way to paint stripes: use ODD number of stripes so top and bottom are existing room color, make stripes in even inch (or mm) increments, and use the bottom stripe to soak up the odd bits of measurements.