How to disguise a tree stump
Tree Stump Ideas That Will Blow You Away
Once a mighty oak, this tree-stump-turned-gnome-home tops out at over 6 feet high and adds fanciful interest to a wooded backyard. Nestled in a bed of lush hostas, any self-respecting gnome would be lucky to call this stump home. A talented DIYer framed roof supports from 2x4s and used wood shims to craft rustic shingles. The windows are fashioned from plywood and adorned with cedar detailing and painted-on curtains that pull the look together.
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This delightful fairy garden successfully incorporates natural elements with whimsical childhood treasures, and it’s sure to provide endless hours of entertainment for the young and the young at heart. This project makes it easy to see why fairy gardens are one of the most popular tree stump trends today. With the addition of a mossy roof, colorful mushrooms (fairies love mushrooms!), a tiny ladder, and a welcome sign, this stump is ready for any tiny winged guests who may visit.
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A sturdy stump makes a perfect pedestal for a bird bath. Use the basin from a former bird bath, a shallow terra cotta dish, or any other heavy basin or bowl to create a water retreat for your feathered friends. Add stones or a small solar fountain, and you’ll soon have birds flocking to your yard. If the stump isn’t in a shady spot, surround the bird bath with tall plants to help keep it cool during the heat of the day.
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What could be more fun than turning a dead stump into a board game? Get the kids involved in crafting the game pieces, which in this case are smooth rocks painted to resemble ladybugs and bumblebees. Apply a coat of exterior sealer to the top of the wood to preserve your game board. Pull up a couple of lawn chairs and let the games begin!
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Molded plastic footholds, climbing grips (available from retailers that sell playground accessories), and a large tree stump become a climbing wall for little hands and feet. Attach a safety fence, constructed from dimensional lumber, and bolt the slats securely to the sides of the tree. Stabilize the boards with thick rope, and add a slide to keep youngsters occupied while they develop large motor skills.
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Throne at Home
Grab your favorite book and a cup of tea, then nestle down in this tree stump chair for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. The tree trunk was first cut to an appropriate height with a chainsaw, then carefully sculpted to form the chair seat, sides and decorative back. Many DIYers consider the act of carving to be a therapeutic activity, making this project a welcome respite from a long, busy day.
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Create your own table for open-air dining! To start, ensure the surface of the stump is as flat as possible to give you a level base. When choosing your tabletop, consider materials that strike the right ambiance for your outdoor living space—salvaged wood for a rustic retreat, metal for a modern vibe or even a large concrete slab for no-nonsense fun. For stability, insert one or more large bolts through the top of the slab and into the stump. There you have it—a simple table, perfect for lazy weekend breakfasts!
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The glass top from an old patio table, combined with a uniquely shaped tree stump, makes a great spot for outdoor dining. If you don't already have a glass tabletop sitting around, you can have a piece of thick glass cut to a custom size and shape. If you go the custom route, make sure you're using tempered glass, that way if the table ever breaks, you won't have dangerously sharp glass pieces to pick up out of the grass.
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A chainsaw in the hands of a talented sculptor can turn an ordinary tree stump into a work of art. This stump oozes whimsy and intrigue as two adorable bears peek out of their tree to watch passersby. Tree stump chainsaw sculptures should be periodically sealed (once every year) with a coat of clear marine varnish, or another penetrating exterior sealer, to keep them from splitting.
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Nothing could be more natural than creating a flower bed in a carved out tree stump. If the center of the stump is already hollowed and rotted out, you’re in luck! Add soil and start planting. If the tree stump is still in tact, carve out a basin at least a few inches deep and fill it with quality garden soil. If the bottom of your new "pot" holds water, drill a couple of holes in the side of the trunk to allow for drainage.
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The bigger the tree, the greater the possibilities! This bench, skillfully cut from a massive tree stump, offers woodland visitors a serene spot to stop and enjoy the scenery. A commercial chainsaw is your best bet for making both the initial top cut and also to remove the large front section of the stump. A smaller chainsaw can be used to sculpt away the interior wood to form the seat, back and sides.
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Birds and trees—the original combination. A tall stump makes a natural base for a birdhouse or a bird feeder. Constructed from branches to give it a log cabin look, this birdhouse blends effortlessly with its surroundings. Consider adding a wide plastic or metal baffle around the stump to discourage cats and squirrels from climbing up and reaching the feeder or birdhouse.
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Create a rustic landscape by grouping antique iron implements and wooden planters to form curbside decoration. This stump provides a columnar base to hold a bucket or planter, and it plays the additional role as a focal point in this charming assemblage. Check out craft and hobby stores to find weathered buckets, and attend a farm auction or visit a flea market to locate antique iron accents.
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Tree stump ideas: 9 creative ways to give them a new lease of life
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If you're looking for tree stump ideas, we've got you covered. For as it turns out, that old bit of tree can be transformed into a work of art, or a truly functional feature for your garden.
Perhaps you've had a tree stump at the bottom of your plot for years, that you've been trying to overlook. Or, maybe you've recently had a visit from a tree surgeon and have been left with a stump or two that you're not sure what to do with. But with a bit of know-how and creativity, there are many things you can try.
From turning them into a unique point of interest, or removing them from the ground to transform into fabulous furniture or fun stepping stones for the kids, you might be surprised at all the opportunities a tree stump can present. Before long, you'll find they are the perfect addition to your carefully considered garden design ideas. Read on to find out more.
1. Hollow out to use as a planter
Carmen from @carmypeach has turned these tree stumps into beautiful planters
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One of the simplest things to do with a tree stump is to turn it into a unique planter, for all your favourite flowers and foliage. Carmen of @carmypeach has done just that, adding a beautifully natural look to her garden.
It is quite simple to do the same – you just need to hollow out the centre of your stump with an axe or mattock (carefully, of course). Fill the bottom of the hole with grit or handfuls of gravel to improve drainage (you could also drill a hole or two lower down into the trunk) and then add potting soil before planting up.
Not only will the result look stunning, the plants will benefit from the nutrients of the tree stump as it naturally breaks down into the soil. Why not fill with cheery daffodils or tulips? Take a look at our guide to planting bulbs for advice.
2. Turn into hopscotch stepping stones
Shaz Young of @slinkyshaz has transformed these small tree stumps into a delightful game for little ones
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Who would of thought that tree stumps could be so cute? We love this idea from Shaz Young of @slinkyshaz , who has painted the tops of small stumps to recreate toadstools.
Arranged in a wiggly stepping-stone pathway, they offer a lovely game of hopscotch for little ones, whilst adding an extra dose of magic to the garden.
Take a look at our best exterior wood paint if you'd like to get creative yourself.
3. Transform into beautiful furniture
This gorgeous side table is created from a reclaimed eucalyptus tree, by @treesoul_woodwork
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Why not repurpose your tree stump and bring it indoors? This unique table has been created from the wonderful material of eucalyptus.
'This stump was reclaimed after a tall tree had been cut down from a resident's garden,' explains Kishan Mistry of Tree Soul Store . 'This wood's natural pattern and colour provides the perfect finish without the need for wood oil or varnish.'
'The stump showcases beautiful consistent rings, as well as small sized open pores adding to its personality,' Kishan adds. 'Having furniture created from your own materials is amazing.' We couldn't agree more!
4. Enchant the little ones with a fairy house
Kids will love to play with this magical fairy home
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The garden can be a real place of wonder and imagination for children. So, if you're looking to keep your kids entertained out in the fresh air, why not transform a humble tree stump into a magical fairy castle?
With pebble pathways, floral window boxes, and a roof made of succulents, you'll have them entranced in no time. And if you haven't already, take a look at our other garden activities for kids for more inspiration.
5. Turn a stump into a sculpture
An incredible owl design created by chainsaw artist Matthew Crabb
(Image credit: Matthew Crabb)
As seen in this example by chainsaw artist Matthew Crabb , a tree stump can become a show-stopping focal point for your plot.
We don't recommend trying to recreate such a feat yourself, unless you're a well-experienced chainsaw user. But, if you would like to turn an old tree stump into a work of art, then consider commissioning a chainsaw artist to do the job. You'll be left with a unique feature that you and your family will love for years to come.
6. Repurpose a tree stump for a table
Make your tree stump the epicentre of your seating area
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If you love a rustic look and have a large tree stump going spare, then why not repurpose it to be used as a table?
Give the top a good sand and use a spirit level to make sure it's flat, and voila – a beautiful, bespoke centre piece for your seating area. Smaller stumps can be used as stools – take a look at Adam Frost's garden seating area for free!
7. Top with a treehouse
A stump can be used to support a treehouse, as seen in this creation by Squirrel Design
(Image credit: Squirrel Design)
Got a particularly large tree stump? Like the idea of a treehouse? Then this idea is for you. The team at Squirrel Design have used the trunk of a chestnut to support this treetop wonder, and we love the dramatic impact it makes.
A fun-filled spot for kids to hang out or a peaceful retreat for adults to relax – a treehouse can be used by everyone. We love the addition of the hanging swing chair beneath, too. Take a look at our treehouse ideas for lots more stunning examples.
8. Carve into mushrooms for a magical feel
Mushrooms carved from tree stumps by chainsaw artist Matthew Crabb
(Image credit: Matthew Crabb)
If you'd like to add a sense of Alice in Wonderland to your garden, then check out these tree stump mushrooms. Each one is expertly carved to create an otherworldly effect.
Perfect along a fence, surrounding a seating area, or dotted amongst your flowerbeds, these would instantly elevate your garden and give it a unique feel. Again, you'd probably need to hire an expert to give you a hand, but we think the results would be well worth it.
9. Use for outdoor furniture
Tree stumps can be used as outdoor furniture, too
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These tree stumps have been given a chic makeover and transformed into outdoor furniture. Clustered into a group of three, they make a stylish centrepiece to surround with outdoor seating and adorn with lanterns.
You'd simply need to sand tree stumps down and then seal with a protective varnish or oil to recreate the look. It's a look that perfectly aligns with our outdoor living space ideas which are so in vogue right now.
How do you seal a tree stump left in the ground?
Preserving your tree stump can help to slow the decomposing process
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It is relatively simple to seal a tree stump left in the ground. But why would you want to do so? Well, living tree stumps can, unfortunately, attract pests such as mites. They can also begin to rot. This can be useful if they're being used as natural planter (see above), but not so great if using as an outdoor table.
Due to the tree being a living thing, with roots which permeate the ground, it's impossible to stop a tree stump decomposing entirely. However, to slow the process, try these tips below:
- Give the stump a good clean, removing any mud or debris using a brush or damp cloth.
- Sand the top.
- Apply a polyurethane wood sealant to the top and sides, then wait 48 hours for it to dry.
A tree stump removed from the ground is easier to seal – just make sure the stump is fully dried out first. This can take up to six months or even longer if it's on the larger side, and should be done indoors – a garage is a good place for this.
How do you remove a large tree stump from the garden?
Not keen on your tree stump? You can opt to remove it instead
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The RHS offer some advice when it comes to removing large tree stumps from the garden:
- If you definitely don't want a tree stump left in your plot, then pay a tree surgeon to remove the stump at the same time that they fell the tree.
- Otherwise, if your tree has been freshly cut, you can add a chemical stump killer, making sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- You can also opt to physically remove the tree. Small tree stumps can be removed with a winch – although it is best to hire a professional to use this equipment safely.
- Larger tree stumps can be removed using a stump grinder or mini excavator, but again, make sure you hire a professional to do this, for safety reasons.
- One method to definitely avoid, is to try and burn it down – a fire can easily get out of control, or worse still, be positioned above a gas line!
For more advice, take a look at our guide on how to remove a tree stump.
The garden was always a big part of Holly's life growing up, as was the surrounding New Forest where she lived. Her appreciation for the great outdoors has only grown since then. She's been an allotment keeper, a professional gardener, and a botanical illustrator – plants are her passion.
How to remove or decorate a stump in the garden
How to remove a stump from the site when there are already plantings and buildings around? If earlier such a stump served instead of a stool, now there is no place for it in the garden.
It is not always possible to clear your garden plot completely, it happens that such “forgotten” stumps remain. How to remove or disguise them?
If you have a sea of fantasy and an ocean of ideas, then such masterpieces can turn out from an old stump!
See and read on for simpler options.
6 ways to destroy a stump
For all methods it is recommended to cut the stump as close to the ground as possible. If this is not possible, then the stump will simply collapse more slowly.
- The most labor-intensive method is chemical. Chemical preparations for the destruction of stumps have already appeared on sale: arboricides and herbicides. These are effective drugs, but still - "chemistry"!
- Sprinkle salt or potassium nitrate generously on the stump. Constantly. Salt will gradually impregnate the wood and destroy the stump. You can help this destruction by drilling holes in the stump and periodically cover it tightly with polyethylene.
- Wash the soil under the stump with a strong water jet from a hose. It is necessary to dig a hole nearby, where water will merge with the ground.
- Drill holes in the stump and fill them with kerosene. Set fire to fire with all precautions. If you are not confident in yourself, burning can be stopped at any stage by flooding the stump with water; in any case, after such actions, it will be much easier to uproot the stump. Remember! This method is not suitable for peaty soils.
- Plant near, very close to the old stump, a young sapling of a tree or bush. A new tree will cover a place with an ugly old stump, and the stump, in turn, rotting, will give strength to the young.
- This video clearly shows how to remove a stump from a site without much hassle and without chemicals.
How to remove a stump by decorating it
You can not only destroy a stump, but also disguise and decorate it. From an old stump you can get an original table, chair, flower bed. And so that the ants do not choose the stump, you can impregnate it with a special impregnation for wood, which will scare away ants and other “small living creatures”.
Stump flower bed - the easiest and fastest solution
Make a hole in the center of the stump using a chisel and a chisel.
Make a funnel-shaped recess - with beveled edges - and a minimum depth of 15 cm.
Drill holes for water to drain.
Line the bottom with fleece and cover with a suitable flower primer.
To make watering easier, mix soil with Hydrogel, which will retain water on rainy days and release it to flowers on dry days.
However, as you can see from the pictures, it is not necessary to hollow out something in the stump and fill it with earth, just put flowers or any other plants already planted in a suitable container on it: an old basket, vase, pot, bucket.
A hill on a stump is another interesting variant of disguise
I made such a hill on a stump in my area. My mother suggested this option to get rid of the stump. I didn't have any photos of the stump itself, so you'll have to take my word for it. First, a tree was planted next to the stump - an oak, it was planned that the stump would later turn into a table or chair near the oak. But then it was decided to remove the stump.
At first, for about a month I poured “yellow water” on the stump, sorry for the details, but simply – urine.
Then I covered it with a simple plastic bag.
From under the very base of the stump, she pulled out as much earth as she could and put in a lot of broken glass instead, so that moles would not start.
Then they first brought sand to the stump, then unripened compost, and a fertile layer of earth from the garden on top.
I planted daffodils and tulips, lilies of the valley and aquilegia, nasturtium and various ground cover plants on such a hill.
When the oak grew, it began to cover the hill with its foliage and only spurge and lilies of the valley grew well on it, so it was decided to remove it. Although, lilies of the valley continue to survive with admirable tenacity.
Here are the photos that I found in my archive.
After removing and transplanting flowers and plants and digging up the ground, we found only a little old dust from the stump and ... not at all touched by time (9 years), a plastic bag.
Now a nice clearing has formed under the oak, on which plants grow by themselves - “lost”, that is, those that accidentally remained from the hill: first daffodils bloom, then lilies of the valley. Even in the shade of an oak, two ferns feel great.
We had to remove the slide that so beautifully hid the big stump due to changes in landscape design (the slide was moved to another sunny location). You do not need to do this at all!
Good luck with your landings and ideas!
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We decorate tree stumps and saw cuts in the country
Cutting trees in the garden leads to the appearance of rough and not very nice stumps. There are two ways to solve the issue - study uprooting and get down to business, or decorate the stumps after sawing and revive a quiet garden a little.
We decided that summer residents, who are always busy with difficult work, would be interested in being distracted in order to put the garden in order without spending physical strength on it. Today we will analyze the problem of stumps in the garden without uprooting and organizing rutaria, which we have already talked about earlier. We will simply decorate the stumps with improvised items and tools, ennoble the site and give it an even more interesting and fun look.
Decorating and decorating stumps is a great way to save yourself the trouble of uprooting, especially if there are no opportunities for this.
So, forget about working with an expensive chainsaw, exclude cutting down roots and physical fatigue, and just consider the most interesting ideas that will help transform the hemp and saw cuts of old trees .
- 1 Decorating a tree saw cut with homemade figurines
- 2 Decorating a stump with pots of plants
- 3 Finished decorations
- 4 How to make a mushroom from a stump
- 5 DIY armchair from a stump 0017 6 Fairy-tale castle from a stump
- 7 Decoration with living plants
- 8 Garden figure from a stump
- 9 The simplest decoration of a saw cut and a trunk of a stump
- 10 Funny figure from a stump, garden scarecrow
- 11 pots 12 We decorate stumps and cuts in the garden (20 photos)
Decorating a tree cut with homemade figurines
We have a great idea that absolutely everyone can bring to life. In the photo below, you can see an interesting picture - small fairy-tale lumberjacks are operating over a tree trunk. You can make such babies from plastic or tin, or you can just buy figurines in a toy and souvenir store.
The figurines and their accessories can be placed on the trunk using self-tapping screws, nails, wire or clamps. As a result, you get no longer a bare tree trunk, but a really soulful picture.
We decorate the stump with pots of plants
Surely, many of us grow flowers not only in the palisade or specially equipped flower beds, but also in pots, on vertical beds. Our next proposal will be decorating the stump with just such flowers, in pots. You can place some nice clay or plastic pots around the stump with already grown flowers, or you can plant them again. In addition, there is always the opportunity to decorate the stump with moss, beat it in a fabulous way, for example, by adding ferns, bright flowers, animal figures around, turning a small space into a real forest.
Landscape designers, garden shop sellers, and ordinary entrepreneurs who want to earn some money have long come up with garden figures. They are intended for partial or widespread decoration of the garden, lawn, plot as a whole. It is these colorful and funny products that are perfect for decorating a stump.
The image below shows a cheerful plaster frog that majestically “conquered” a stump and remained on it forever. In addition, the stump of an old tree is decorated with improvised items, ordinary country garbage, and painted in cheerful colors. To tell the truth, this is for only two hours of free time and for the amount that could be spent on just a few chocolates.
How to make a stump mushroom
The classic form of transforming an old stump in the garden is a mushroom. It can be a white mushroom or a fly agaric - you choose, but we are starting from a more cheerful mood.
A little lower is the simplest option, which is great for summer residents who do not have the desire to spend money on such fun. Yes, it is an old and dilapidated basin that no longer holds water and cannot be used for household chores that becomes a mushroom hat. The stump itself forms the leg.
The inverted bowl is fixed with a couple of nails to the saw cut, painted in the color of the mushroom that you have chosen, and the stump is tinted in the color corresponding to the name of the mushroom or your mood. You can add decor, plant flowers or herbaceous plants nearby, but you can leave the mushroom in this form.
DIY stump chair
Here we digress a little from fun and fun, and move on to serious, and even adult things. The example presented by us is only possible for real professionals with a certain amount of time and the availability of a tool.
We offer to convert the stump into a chair that can be used in the garden for relaxation. How to do it, read now!!!
If there is an old and thick tree in the garden that needs to be cut down, it is great for our idea. Immediately you remove the upper branches, then the thicker ones below, and so on, according to all the rules for cutting down large trees. But as soon as you get to the main stem, you should stop and work a little with the dimensions.
A comfortable seating height will be between 40 and 60 cm, but remember that every chair has a backrest. Therefore, the seat is at a height of, say, 50 cm from the ground, and the back and cut are at a height of 100 cm. It is at this mark that the chainsaw cuts.
Further, along the height of the seat, the trunk is cut by 2/3. The horizontal cut should be on the side you want to see the chair turned to.
Now a vertical cut, all the way down to the horizontal, to remove a piece of the trunk from where the seat of the chair is formed.
Naturally, all such work takes place with preliminary marking and compliance with all safety regulations.
Decorative trim, seat shaping
Now the chair is subject to decorative finishing, since we have only a rough version in front of us. Finishing occurs with the help of special tools - chisels, mallets, hammers, hacksaws, grinders, and possibly with the use of professional tools. The result depends on your efforts, desire and time, but we got such an interesting option.
Fairy stump castle
We already have one of these in our previous article about the design of a summer cottage, but today we decided to install the castle a little higher. How to make it, decide for yourself - with your own hands or purchased. But the installation of a castle (or maybe an ordinary house or a forest hut) is simple. You need to nail or screw the base under the structure with screws. It can be a figured board or a piece of chipboard impregnated with a protective varnish.
After, on glue or screws, we install all parts of our structure, slowly and confidently moving towards the result. At the end of the work, you can get something similar to our example!
Decoration with live plants
Agree, it is much more pleasant to watch living pictures of plants on the territory of a summer cottage, and not forms and compositions that cause more surprise and misunderstanding than joy and delight. Therefore, we propose to try the option of decorating a cut tree with living plants. These can be herbaceous plants, small annual flowers, or even some ornamental plants. It is them that we will land in a stump.
We make a hole on the saw cut of the stump, which, according to agricultural technology, is enough for the root system of the selected plant. It can be a recess the size of a flower pot. Next, pour some nutrient substrate or garden soil with fertilizers inside, and plant the plant inside. How it will look after a while, see below!
Garden figure from a stump
Making garden figures, sculpting or carving is very interesting, but today we have a less creative task. We just need to come up with an image for a stump that will match the design of the garden or flower bed. Often colorful characters, famous cartoon characters and so on come to mind, but doing this yourself is quite difficult. And this means only one thing - we will simplify everything as much as possible, paint the stump, create an elementary image that does not require investments.
The result is a wonderful image of a face on one half of the stump, as well as a saw cut decoration.
The simplest decor of a saw cut and a stump trunk
If there is no time or money for grandiose ideas, you can do it as shown in the photo below - just paint the stump in cheerful colors, install flowers from plastic bottles on the cut plane (we studied products from plastic bottles not so long ago), plant plants nearby .