Creative Things to Do With a Tree Stump

Updated February 21, 2017

Removing a tree stump is a difficult process; it's easier to make use of one in fun and creative ways. Tall stumps can be made into art or decorated in attractive ways, while short stumps can be used as bases for useful yard elements or disguised to minimise their impact on your yard's appearance.

Decorated Tree Stump

Decorate your tree stump to transform it from an eyesore into an original work of art. You can paint it, hang Christmas balls off of it, or even upholster it. If you have a tall stump, dress it up like a person to catch people's attention. Hang lights on it during holidays. Put ribbons on it on May 1 and use it for a short maypole.

Trellis for Climbing Plants

Plant climbing plants such as sweet peas, clematis or morning glories around the base of the stump. Hang some pieces of wire or twine down the stump to help the vines climb. Let the vines grow up and over the stump, and in the blooming season they will completely cover it with leaves and flowers.

Chainsaw Art

Use the wood of the tree stump as a medium for your sculptural creativity. Using a chainsaw, sculpt the stump into spirals, flowers, or human faces. Use caution when doing this, and don't try it unless you are very comfortable using a chainsaw. When you are done carving, paint your work to make it more colourful and to help preserve the wood.

Blending With Landscape

Shorter stumps and stumps that you don't want to accent or decorate can be made less obvious. The easiest is to plant thick flowers, grass or shrubs around the stump. Evergreen shrubs will hide the stump all year, while flower beds will cover it with colourful blooms. Put a large planter directly on top of the stump and plant climbing and spreading plants in it. These will grow down over the edges of the planter and spread out around the stump.

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Jagg Xaxx has been writing since 1983. His primary areas of writing include surrealism, Buddhist iconography and environmental issues. Xaxx worked as a cabinetmaker for 12 years, as well as building and renovating several houses. Xaxx holds a Doctor of Philosophy in art history from the University of Manchester in the U.K.