You will need a long wooden dowel with 1" diameter, a brown paper grocery bag, masking tape, a hot glue gun, paint, some kind of varnish/finish, clear packing tape, a small LED light that will stay on without you holding it, and craft glue (Elmer's or some other tacky glue).
I bought my dowel at Home Depot for about $3.50, but it only came in 6' lengths. To get the right length, I ended up sawing off about 10". You'll need to adjust for your own height, but I knew it wanted the finished staff to be about the same height as the top of my head.
If your dowel has a rough surface, you may want to sand it lightly to get a smoother surface.