When I made the Witches Broom pens for Meals on Wheels - I glue gunned a piece of raffia around the top of the pen.
Instead of glue gunning the raffia I decided to use a piece of contrasting tape. This was a lot easier! And I think it looks cute! See the directions under the Witches Broom pens for Meals on Wheels. Then you can decide to glue gun the raffia or just add the contrasting tape.