How to Decorate a Tree Stump

Updated February 21, 2017

Tree stumps can be unsightly and are often difficult to remove. To keep your tree stumps from becoming an unwanted part of your yard, try decorating them to match the existing themes in your landscape design. The items you can turn a stump into are as varied as your imagination. From a seasonal planter, garden bench or a natural pedestal, tree stumps can become a welcome addition to any yard or garden space.

Turn your stump into a relaxing place to sit in your yard. Remove the bark from the outside of the stump, and smooth its surfaces with sandpaper. Fill any holes on the top of your stump with epoxy-resin and allow it to harden according to the manufacturer's instructions. Apply several coats of polyurethane to the tree stump to seal it. Place decorative plants around the stump and, if desired, a path made of stones or pebbles that leads to it.

Create a planter out of your tree stump. Empty out the centre section of your stump using a wood chisel and a shovel. Add enough potting soil to fill the hole you created in the centre of the stump. You can now plant a variety of items in your stump, including annuals, bulbs and even herbs. Be sure you water the plants in your stump planter regularly, as they will not have access to the surrounding groundwater.

Transform your unwanted stump into a functioning pedestal. Place varying planters around the stump to hide it from view. Place other items, such as a fountain or birdbath, on top of the stump to raise them above the surrounding flowers. This allows you to define the centrepiece and main attraction of your garden without having to add an artificial element.

Create an outdoor table out of larger stumps that are greater than two feet in diameter. Smooth off the top of your stump with sandpaper. If the top of your stump is extremely uneven, use a chainsaw to help level it. Fill the holes in the top of the stump with an epoxy-resin and allow it to harden according to the manufacturer's instructions. Smooth the surface of the epoxy with sandpaper.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Epoxy-resin
  • Polyurethane
  • Wood chisel
  • Shovel
  • Chainsaw
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Based in Asheville, N.C., Aaron Ratliff started writing as a journalist for his hometown radio station in 1997. He is currently a North Carolina licensed Emergency Medical Technician and a certified personal trainer. Ratliff is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health promotion at Appalachian State University.