Sometimes it’s inevitable—a tree has to come down and what’s left behind can be a bit of an eyesore. But tree stumps don’t have to leave an awkward mark in your backyard. With a little creativity, stumps and branches can become an artistic or functional focal point of any room.
Transform small stumps or tree trimmings into candle holders by inserting tea lights into hollowed-out spaces.
With a little handy work, you can turn a seemingly boring log into a clever storage system—and a work of art.
If you’re looking for the perfect way to bring the outdoors in, the tree stump coffee table is a trendy and effective way to create that rustic feel. Don’t worry if stump removal isn’t your forte, these natural tables are becoming widely available at specialty furniture stores, too.
Whether you’re looking to display your pumpkins come Halloween or your candles for the holidays, stumps can add levels and variety to your front porch display.
Stump stepping stones
If you’ve just taken down a tree, it’s likely you’ve been left with plenty of wood. A pathway is a great way to repurpose the wood while also adding personality and function to your garden.
Cross sections of tree branches adorn this coat rack, giving it an outdoorsy aesthetic.
After partially hollowing out your stump or branch, fill it with soil and plant your annuals.
Place card holders
If you’re looking to add that same rustic aesthetic to your place settings, these mini stump cardholders are the perfect addition.
Wedding cake stand
If you’re hosting an outdoor wedding or simply looking for a way to bring the country to your next party, this DIY is an easy and effective way to do so. Simply glue together an appropriately sized tree limb and wood plaque and leave to dry.
This is an incredibly creative and purposeful way to not only disguise, but also embrace what’s left of an old family tree. Climbing holds, safety grips, and a slide are added to create a mini playground for the kids.
It seems only natural to sit on tree stumps while sharing a moment around the campfire. However, don’t feel limited by the outdoors. Stump stools can also make an appearance around the dinner table indoors.