10 Clever things to do with fallen tree branches and tree trunks

Trees are some of the longest and oldest living things on earth! Although some times, they are susceptible to breakage. Often times, people choose to discard tree branches or stumps which could otherwise be put to good use.
We believe in not only the power of recycling, but also the power of upcycling. Upcycling is described as the process of “converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful.”
What´s more beautiful than trees, and their multifaceted textures and colors? Some have built cathedrals and churches out of them, and there´s many you can do in your own home to upcycle those beautiful trees.
Here are some ways you can upcycle tree stumps or fallen trees, into things that are useful and to be treasured.

1. Tree Stump Flower Planter

You can upcycle an old tree stump by using it to plant flowers, or even herbs and plants! The tree can be used horizontally or vertically, and potted with some potting soil and woodchips to help keep the plants fresh and moist. Succulents are also perfect for planting in trees, as they don´t require as much water and add a nice pop of color.

tree stump planter with succulents

2. Make a Mosaic table

Turn your old tree stump into a beautiful piece of art, with the help of a small amount of glue and some colorful mosaic tiles. You can even use old ceramic dishes you no longer want to make the mosaics.

tree stump mosaic tiles

3. A small sitting table

With some sanding, and some polish you can make a long-lasting tree stump table which can be used in different places or ways. You can use it in your bathroom as table top, or in a bedroom as a corner table for items.
tree stump table

4. Candle Holders

Use tree stumps and tea light candles to create a cozy and rustic look. This is very easy, and takes little-to-no money to do!

tree stump with candles

5. Make a small bookshelf, or woodshelf

Utilizing just a piece of the stump, you can create a nice and minimal book shelf with the use of a few tools.

bookshelf made from a wood tree stump

6. A Bird Bath

This is one of the easiest to make on the list, as it just involves choosing a saucer of an appropriate size and making sure the stump is sanded on top. A great addition to any garden.

tree stump bird feeder for the garden

7. Sitting stool

Sitting stools (or stumps) make a good addition to any terrace, or backyard. Using a few tools and a staple gun, these are pretty easy to get done.

tree stump stool with pillowtops

8. Plant Markers

An easy thing to do with fallen tree branches is to make plant markers for your garden! You can organize herbs, plants, or veggies with these simple sticks. tree branch plant markers

9. Tree Branch Hanger

Using just a fallen branch you can easily transform it into a hanger, and even add a bit of paint to it.

tree branch hanger

10. Tree stump Clock

If you have a thin piece of wood, you could make a tree stump clock which is both practical and beautiful. tree stump clock

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  1. Lisa says

    I have a friend that has a sizable maple that is a memorial for her son. Unfortunately it has to be cut down due to a disease. I passed on this site for her to see all the marvelous ways this precious tree can be repurposed.

    • Bios Urn says

      Dear Lisa,
      How very sad that the tree must be cut down. This must be a very emotional time for your friend. We are so happy that these ideas may give her some confort. Thank you so much for taking the time to write and let us know. We are a small team and messages like this just make our jobs so worthwhile.
      Take care

    • Harpiar says

      Would look amazing if you took a thickish tree branch, cut it level few inch short of height you’d like stand and glue (or carve out circle and use strong wood glue if wedding cakes etc) and use a large thick round disc from stump for top and small circle for bottom! Can sand and varnish natural or remove bark, sand a polish to your liking. I always wanted to do it when i was a dessert chef but never did

  2. JP says

    I recovered a 4′ length of very thick vine that was cut. What is the best way to preserve it so it doesn’t rot?


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