Wrapped it up with some simple cotton tape and plugged the bar ends with wine corks from the recycle bin.
The bike looks good! I use wine corks too.
For anyone else who wants to do cotton tape on a bike and wants it to be even cheaper, look at hockey tape. I haven't done a side by side comparison but it appears to be the same. I've used it and it works. That said, it's really thin so you can feel everything and the bars are too skinny for my hands without the extra thickness from the cork bar wrap.