8 Ways to use a Tree Stump
When a tree is lost due to a storm, landscaping or disease, homeowners are frequently left with an unsightly stump. Don’t dismay, there are lots of opportunities to turn that tree stump into something useful for the outdoors or inside the home.
Tree stump side tables for the living room
Cut and sand a tree stump into a side table. After sanding it down, stain the stump to match your current furniture color. Finish it off with a coat of polyurethane to seal, and your stump table is ready to use. Check out the full instructions here.
If all that is left of the tree is a short stump of 12 to 18-inches, all is not lost. Hollow out the center portion of the stump and use it for a planter. Plant vertical growing plants and other plants that will cascade down to the lawn for a more interesting planter. Otherwise, colorful flowers or herbs look great!
Outdoor dining table
Like the side table, stumps can be turned into usable outdoor dining tables. Be sure to seal them against weather, just as you would a deck.
Cut slabs from the tree stump to 2-inches thick. These can make great looking stepping-stones or a pathway through the garden. The path will be more interesting with stepping-stones of various diameters. Fill the spaces between the slabs with pea gravel, sand or plant with creeping thyme.
Use the stump in your yard as the base for a teeter totter. It won’t take long to make, and you’ll only need a few supplies from the hardware store. Check out the full instructions here.
Turning a tree stump into outdoors seating is another fun project for the yard. Most chairs are 18-inches high. Layout where the seat will be with a carpenter’s pencil or black marker. Large tree stump can accommodate several seats spaced around the circumference of the stump. Once the major lines are marked, cut out the major shapes with a chain saw. Finish the chair by sanding with a heavy-duty sander.
Table lamp from log or stump
Smaller lengths of stumps, logs or limbs can make a unique table lamp for the living room or den. Cut the length to 16-inches and remove the bark. Stain, or seal the wood as desired with several coats of polyurethane sealer. Drill a hole through the length of the log with a bell installer’s bit. These are available in 5/16, 3/8 and ½-inch sizes that are 18-inches long. Install a threaded lamp pipe in the hole and attach the lamp socket, lampshade holder and bushings to hold everything in place. Add the electrical wire and the lamp is done.