Then I grabbed some jute cord. Sisal rope also works well. To start off the post, I added a dab of glue to the end of the jute and used a handheld staple gun to staple it in place about 6 inches above the bottom of the dowel. You will remove this staple when the glue dries.
I then slathered glue generously up the dowel and wound the jute tightly around it. I placed another staple to hold everything tight once I was about halfway up the dowel. Then, once I'd wrapped everything how I wanted it, I cut the jute, dabbed glue on the end, and stapled it down.