questionshow do you make an inexpensive yet elegant…

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That's beyond me, but you might check out www.instructables.com. I've come to the conclusion that there's a tutorial for virtually everything anyone could think of.

Caveat: Set a kitchen timer when you get to the site. It's very easy find a page you like, then to find another, and then to look up and discover three hours has passed.

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Pay someone to stand with their arms out stretched.

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@mybestuser1: Ha! I think that would cost much more and man they would get tired!