Creative Ideas for Old Tree Stumps
The trees on our properties beautify our landscapes, offer shade and shelter from the weather, and provide a habitat for the outdoor creatures living in our backyards. Unfortunately, sometimes even the most well-cared for and maintained trees succumb to disease or the wrath of Mother Nature, requiring its removal. Once it’s cut down, most of us are left with a constant reminder of its former glory – a sad tree stump.
The good news? There are countless ways to repurpose the tree stumps in your yard, both as decoration and as functional items. Here are a few DIY projects that can breathe new life into the stumps on your property.
Decorative Mosaic Side Table
Design your own mosaic pattern on the top of the stump for a fun, one-of-a-kind outdoor or indoor accent piece. Adhere broken glass or tiles to the stump using glue that works on both wood and glass. You’ll also need to grout inside the nooks for a finished look.
Outdoor Dining Table
Use a longer, wider stump as a base for a beautiful outside dining table. Finish with a round top and coordinating outdoor chairs for the ultimate al fresco dining experience.
Adhere a large, shallow bowl or saucer to the top of the wood. Fill with water and sit back to see all the birds that once nested in your tree return to enjoy it in its new state.
Create a magical fairy garden using the tree trunk as its centerpiece. Cut out a door, cover with a moss roof, and decorate with miniature ladders, windows, and anything else that transforms the wood into a mystical home for those hard-to-spot garden fairies.
Purchase a climbing wall kit from a distributor of playground accessories. Insert the footholds and grips into the wood and you’ve created a place where you little climber can test out her skills.
Use a chainsaw to cut out a flat seating area in the trunk, carefully sculpting the surrounding wood at a higher height to give the illusion of a throne. Kids and adults will love this new outdoor chair, perfect for reading a favorite book or reigning over an imaginary kingdom.
Looking for an innovative way to create an organic tablescape? Slice the tree trunk into several uniform disks and them as charger plates at your next dinner party. Include other natural items like tree sprigs, pinecones, and leaves for a final look you will love.
Get out the power tools. First, drill drain holes into the tree trunk. Next, cut into the center of the stump, hollowing out enough room for soil and your favorite plants or flowers.
Uninterested in reusing your stump? Want that thing gone for good?
Need help limbing or removing trees from your property? PPM Tree Service can help. Contact our arbor care specialists today for a no-risk consultation about your tree project.