Reusing Tree Stumps

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October 11, 2010

beautiful top down view of tree stumpIf there's an old rotting stump in your yard, you might like to scoop out some of the decayed wood at the top, add a little rich soil and put in some begonia plants. They seem to flourish in this kind of container and will grow and flower with a vigor that will surprise you.


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August 2, 2007

Here is a picture of the little garden scene I have in my front yard. We cut a tree down and the stump was there. I just planted some flowers and put some yard decorations around it and here is how it turned out. It looks much better than it did.

Tree Stump Garden

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November 30, 2010

My partner and I cut down our first Christmas tree and would like to preserve a piece of the stump. It's a blue spruce so the wood is very soft and sappy. We don't want to glaze it however we cannot figure out any other options. Please help!

By JaeLi from Hatfield, PA


December 1, 20100 found this helpful

If you have a yard, why not take the whole tree out into the yard and let the needles fall off. In the spring you'll have a bare tree. Stick it in a large pot of soil and plant a climbing vine such as morning glories in the pot and let them climb all through the tree.


You'll have a lovely display all summer and can use the tree the following winter to hang homemade bird seed ornaments on it...that way it'll last you for years.

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December 2, 20100 found this helpful

I have seen where you can create a votive holder from a piece of stump. Route out a round portion in the top that is large enough and deep enough to hold a votive. It would look nice to maybe create a set of 3 in different heights and group them together. Good luck!

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December 2, 20100 found this helpful

I would cut the trunk into slices, perhaps 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick, drill a hole close to the edge and use it as an ornament for next year's tree. You could decorate it, then write the year on the slice and continue to add to your collection each year.


Imagine how cool that would be for your 25th anniversary! You could use a piece of velvet ribbon as the hanger part.

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December 2, 20120 found this helpful

You can cut slices from the trunk and soak them in Pentacryl to preserve the wood and keep it from cracking as it dries over time. It's non-toxic and easy to use. Once it's dry you can decorate, hang, whatever you want and the slice will stay pretty and intact for years.

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June 27, 2016

How can I preserve my tree trunk so it doesn't rot? I would like to put it in my conservatory when it's done.


tree trunk leaning against a pile of bricks


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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

One thing that occurs to me, though it would be expensive and you would lose the wood feel, is to encase the whole thing in epoxy resin. There's a fabulous product called Enviro Tek that will preserve anything till the end of time, giving everything an awesome glossy cover. (Affiliate Link)


If you want to keep it as 'woody' as possible, I recommend you make sure all the bugs and bug eggs are out of it. This can be achieved by drowning them in water and letting it dry out. YOu can add bleach or insecticide to the water. But afterwards you must make sure it dries super well. It must be dry as a bone.

YOu can also heat the trunk, hot enough till anything in it dies but cool enough that it does not actually char. We used to do this with driftwood we used for crafts, save we were able to put ours in the microwave oven.

Once you get rid of all bugs, and really dry it out, it is more liable to NOT rot, decompose, etc, even without adding chemicals.

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Sand it, stain it, and preserve it with polyurethane.

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June 17, 2015

I have two pine stumps/logs. They have been removed from the ground. I want to preserve them with the bark on and use as planters. Any suggestions on how to and what to use?


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July 31, 20150 found this helpful

My husband cut back two trees and left the stumps. He then hollowed out the inside about 12 inches and I put good quality potting soil in the hole and planted hen little chicks and both stumps are full of them and they are weather tolerant and come back on their own each year.


There's about a two inch rim of the stump's circumference to hold the soil/plants. So far the stump planters have been in use for about four years and still look good.

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July 6, 2018

Tree stumps make solid and attractive bases for tables. This is a page about making a table out of a tree stump.

Tree Stump table and chairs.

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