How to Disguise a Tree Stump as a Lawn Ornament

Turn your tree stump into an integral part of your garden by turning the eyesore into a conversation piece.


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You Will Need

  • Ground cover
  • A birdbath, gazing ball, or statues
  • Decorative pots
  • Flowers
  • Decorative rocks or trinkets
  • An axe
  • A drill
  • Screws
  • A stone slab, Plexiglas, or wood


  1. Step 1

    Hide with ground cover

    Hide your tree stump with decorative and easy-to-grow ground cover that features attractive foliage and flowers in the spring.

  2. Step 2

    Use as a platform

    Use the stump as a platform to display a decorative birdbath, gazing ball, or statue.

  3. Make sure the top of the stump is level.

  4. Step 3

    Rest flower pots on top

    Rest a decorative pot full of your favorite flowers on the stump. Use smaller containers with flowers, rocks, or trinkets to complement the decorative pot.

  5. Step 4

    Use as a flower pot

    Hollow out the center with an axe and use your tree stump as a natural flowerpot.

  6. Step 5

    Use as a planter

    Drill a hole at the base for drainage and fill the hollowed stump with soil. Then plant an assortment of your favorite trailing flowers to complement your landscape.

  7. Step 6

    Turn tree stump into a table

    Turn your tree stump into a beautiful table by adding a stone slab, plexiglass, or wood for a tabletop.

  8. In pioneer days, lawn ornaments were mostly functional. Whirligigs, scarecrows, and fencing were used to keep animals away from crops.