I was going to use metallic paint for the gold rings, but Hannah, one of DIY Network's graphic designers, discovered it is much easier to use a gold Sharpie. Just do little strokes until you make a full circle around the stick.
Take two sticks and bundle together with a piece of copper wire. To get a tight wrap on the sticks, take your piece of wire and place the stick in the middle. Wrap the left end of the wire to the right and the right end of the wire to left. You’re crossing the ends over to create a tight wrap. Continue to wrap the ends around until you run out. Use needle nose pliers to press down any wire sticking out.