While it may look time consuming it only takes about 45 min for a first timer and less than 30 minutes if you made a few. Once completely dry it is surprisingly strong.
Step 1: Gather Materials
~White Glue (Elmers)
If you really need to feel special you can use hot glue, but I find that that doesnt look as nice when completed
~Craft Sticks (craft section at Wal-Mart)
Step 2: Lay Out Three Sticks
Step 3: Add Three More Sticks
Step 4: Repeat steps 2-4
Step 5: Start the Bottom
What you are going to want to do is, add the next three sticks a bit more "inside" than the other ones. You want to make it so that the sticks aren't overlapping. The first one will barely fit but all the others will have plenty of space.
Keep doing that until you can't without overlapping sticks.
See picture if you don't understand.
Step 6: Adding the Bottom
What you are going to want to do is put a line of glue all the way across the three sticks then cover the hole with a whole bunch of 'em.