Repurposing A Tree Stump

I saw this really cute trump stump, turned into a planter, on Facebook. It made me think about all the ways you could dress up an old tree stump.

Tree Stump Planter

Make A Planter

One of the best ways to repurpose a tree stump is to turn it into a planter. This would be a great option if you have an old tree stump in your yard that you want to get rid of. To do this, you would simply drill a few holes into the top of the stump and fill it with soil. Or, if the tree stump is already rotted out in the center, you can fill it right away, without any drilling. Then, you can plant flowers, herbs, or vegetables in the stump. The Shingled House has some nice instructions on drilling out a tree stump to become a planter.

Carve A Tree Stump

Another option for repurposing a tree stump would be to use it as a piece of garden art. If you have the talent, you could carve the stump into a sculpture or paint it with bright colors. This would be a great way to add personality to your garden and make it truly unique.

Carved Tree Stump

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You would need some serious talent and skill to carve something like this owl tree stump. It was carved with a chainsaw!

Owl Carved from Tree Stump

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Make Furniture

If you have a large tree stump, you could also use it as a piece of outdoor furniture. For example, you could even off the top, and add a piece of glass or wood, and turn it into a coffee table or an end table. Or, you could use it as a seat by adding a cushion to the top.

Tree Stump Repurposed Into a Table

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A Tree Stump Fairy Garden

Another option for repurposing a tree stump is to create a fairy garden. This is a great project for kids or adults who want to add a touch of magic to their yard. There are several ways to use your stump for a fairy garden. One is to simply hollow out the center of the stump and fill it with soil. Then, you can plant flowers, herbs, or vegetables inside the stump or around the perimeter of the stump. In the center of the stump, you can place a statue of a fairy or a gnome, or other decorations to create a magical scene.

You could also carve or add a front door and windows to the stump, making it a magical fairy house for your yard. You can find plenty of door and window kits, and other fairy house adornments on Amazon and other gardening websites.

Tree Stump Fairy House

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As you can see, there are many different ways that you can repurpose a tree stump. So, if you have an old stump in your yard, don’t be afraid to get creative and turn it into something new.

Watering Seeds From The Bottom

This is a great idea for starting seeds as the moisture comes from the bottom, thus eliminating the fungus that kills many seedlings when you water from the top. Easy to make, just cut the top off a two liter bottle, and add water to the lower part. Cut a hole in the lid, and insert a plastic straw. Fill the top portion with potting soil and add your seeds.

Watering Bottle

Here’s another way to use a plastic bottle for watering.

Brick Books for a Vintage Garden

I very much enjoy crafting new items for my home and garden.

When the holiday decorations are taken down and stored away and the winter weather is still keeping us indoors, I sit down with a hot cup of coffee or tea and begin creating new items for the new year. January and February is the best time for creating – I find that the spring time asks for too much cleaning, summer is full of travel and making plans with the kids and fall is the start of a long, enjoyable holiday season. I like to keep busy, so crafting is a great way to stay occupied when the chill outside is unbearable!

Brick Books


This weekend, I started a new project that is not only fun for me, but I will be continuing to create more as gifts for relatives. My family has a couple generations of librarians, so by nature we have turned into bookworms! What better for a bookworm than a nice set of books for the garden?! These “books” are actually made of bricks! Yes, that is right…ugly old garden bricks transformed into these amazing (though not QUITE readable!) treasures.

Look at the beautifully crafted vintage look of these brick books! I am so impressed! For my very first brick novel, I started with my grandfather’s favorite “Treasure Island”. I know he will enjoy placing this out in his garden…or maybe using it as a bookend in his home office. While mine does not look quite as vintage as the lovely books shown above, I am hoping to wear it down with some fine sandpaper once I am done painting the title on.

This is a very fun project and will make an easily personalized gift for any garden or book lover!

Upcycle a Broken Lawn Chair!

I have seen people re-purpose nice, old wooden chairs, but never have I seen something like this before.

Chair With Belts


I have to admit, when a lawn chair breaks, I am first to chuck in in the dumpster. Never before have I thought twice about saving it or fixing it. Probably because these days, lawn chairs are so poorly made that I don’t expect it to last more than a few seasons with that crappy woven plastic tubing.  Not to mention how much these plastic-covered chairs suck. Your hot, sweaty skin sticks to them in the summer time! Ugh.

This guy gives a tutorial on in creating a re-purposed chair from seat belts! Genius! Not only are you up-cycling old junk, but creating a new chair at the same time. Saves money and looks awesome! Plus, the possibilities seem endless…seat belts, regular belts (dated ones not worn in your closet, or stock up on the cheap at a second hand store), macramé yarn, old ties, old rope, old backpack or purse straps, duct tape…whatever junk you have sitting in a box in your garage! Just be sure you spray it with a weatherproof coating if you are going to keep it outdoors.

What an awesome idea!