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If you have a tree stump or stumps on your property, Yellow Ribbon Tree Experts can remove them for you quickly and professionally.

But instead of simply discarding these natural remnants, why not transform them into useful objects that can give them a second life inside or outside your home? Here are several projects that can turn a tree stump into a piece of décor for your property.

Ways to Repurpose an Old Tree Stump

1. Turn it into a side table.

The solidity and size of a stump can give it a second life as an occasional or side table, depending on its height and circumference. Most side tables are between 18 and 24 inches in height and about the same size in diameter. To make a good table, the top and the bottom need to be perfectly level to prevent tipping and offer a level surface. For an even better aesthetic, sand all surfaces, bleach the wood and add a sealant or coating to prevent splinters.

2. The perfect planter.

Stumps are already organic objects. Therefore, turning them into a base for other plants is a way to extend the natural material of their composition. To do this, drill or chip a cavity or multiple holes into the top of the stump. Drill a few drainage outlets into the sides for water to drain. Fill the holes with gravel, top with soil and insert or transplant bulbs for eye-catching flowers or plants. For easier care, use flower pots that match the sizes of your holes for quick replacement or transplanting.

3. Let there be light.

There are several ways people turn stumps into lights, depending on how bright they want them to be and where they want to place them.

For decorative lights, remove most of the material in the stump except for a 1/2-inch to a 1-inch border around the outside, leaving the top of the stump completely intact. Carefully make “cracks” running down the sides that use natural splits in the wood through which an interior light can leak. Use the socket and base of a table light for your illumination source. Make sure the wattage is low enough and the cracks are large enough for heat to escape so that the light doesn’t present a fire hazard. For a brighter light, use legs or supports to lift the bottom up so your light can escape around the base.

For a different kind of light, flip the stump upside down and drill a hole in the bottom through which you can run your electrical cord. For this kind of light, you don’t need cracks in the sides and you may prefer not to remove as much material from the interior. A candle in a glass as a light source can be a welcome alternative to a light bulb.

4. A beautiful bench.

This idea requires two perfectly level stumps to use as supports at either end of a plank that will serve as the seating area of a bench. The plank shouldn’t be more than 33 percent wider than your stumps’ diameters; a plank of the same width may be even more eye-pleasing.

Cut a straight slice no more than 50 percent deep into both stumps at exactly the same height from the ground. The slice should be of the same depth all the way through. Make the thickness of the slice equivalent to the thickness of the plank you want to use; ideally, the plank will be strong enough and thick enough to not flex or bow at all even when a heavy person (or group of people) sits on it.

You can either put both stumps at the opposite ends of the plank or on the same side of the plank (close to the ends) if you want a symmetrical look. Or, for an asymmetrical look, put them close to the ends but on opposite sides of the plank.

Use a strong adhesive to permanently mount the plank in the slices of the stumps. The stumps will tend to stand out more if the bark is left on their outsides and the plank contrasts in shade and finish to the stumps.

Professional Atlanta Stump Removal Services

If you have stumps that you need removed and crafts to complete, contact us today at Yellow Ribbon Tree Experts and we’ll help get your stump removed so you can move forward with the DIY tree stump project of your choice.