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Using Tree Stumps to Decorate Your Lawn


Are there any trees in your yard that you’re planning to take down? If so, there are plenty of ways to make good use of the tree’s stump. Don’t just pull it up and get rid of it: Look at some creative ideas on how to give new life to an old tree stump.

A Planter

One idea is to transform your tree stump into a planter. A tree stump would make a great setting for a gathering of bright red geraniums, white Shasta daisies, or yellow marigolds. If you don’t want to hollow out your tree stump, you could simply put several small containers of flowers on top of the stump. Using containers of different sizes adds interest to the arrangement. Make sure the surface of the stump is even so your containers don’t slide off.

A Birdbath

Create an instant birdbath by putting a large shallow saucer or bowl on top of your tree stump. These types of decorative bowls and saucers are readily available at home and garden stores. Make sure the bowl is secure on top of the stump so dogs and other animals won’t be able to knock it off. If you prefer, you could put bird seed in your bowl or saucer and make your tree stump into a bird feeder. I suggest buying seed that appeals to a variety of birds so you get a lot of different visitors. The birds in your neighborhood will certainly be grateful.

A Mosaic Table

Some colorful mosaic glass tiles and glue can transform the top of your tree stump into a work of art. You can find mosaic tiles as well as glue at any craft store. Take some time to plan out your mosaic design on paper before getting busy with the glue. A tree stump turned mosaic table would be a colorful addition to your patio or back porch.

The Base for a Garden Sculpture

Use an old tree stump to display a favorite piece of garden sculpture. For example, you could set up a gold or silver gazing ball on the stump to give it a more prominent place in your garden. Or place a stone frog, fairy or bunny on top of the stump and surround it with flowers or greenery to create a pleasant scene. A tree stump makes the perfect natural pedestal for practically any garden decoration.

Make a Tic-Tac-Toe Board

This is a fun option if you have kids or grandkids who love to play tic-tac-toe. All you have to do is even out the top of the stump and draw a tic-tac-toe board on it with bright white chalk. Players can put oversized plastic X’s and O’s on the game board, or they can use colored chalk to make their X’s and O’s. When they want to play a new game of tic-tac-toe, they can use a damp washcloth to wipe the board clean. Kids can enjoy a favorite game as well as some time outdoors.

Remember the best thing about reusing your tree stump is that you don’t have to pay someone to dig it up and cart it away! Thanks for reading. – Alan

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