So I went to home depot and found these wooden stair post tops. They were only $5 each and we just used deck finish to paint them. (And forgot to take a picture first but I'm sure you can imagine them looking lighter wood color can't you?)
I just used mounting tap to hang up the knobs and then hung up the canvases with a nail. So they aren't really hung by the rope. Tricky, huh?
I absolutely love how it turned out. And Addilyn actually loves it too. We've tried at least five times and each time I hold her up to them she smiles, laughs and talks to them.