What you need:
plastic drinking straws
Christmas wrapping paper
(I prefer old-fashioned paper)
Cut straws and wrapping paper into 1-2 inch pieces.
Wrap enough paper around the straw and cut excess.
Glue paper onto straw.
Thread wrapped straws onto a long piece of ribbon, leaving space between each straw. Tie smaller pieces of ribbon between each straw. TaaDaa! That's it. Simple and frugal.