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How to Plant Flowers in a Tree Stump

I have had a very ugly tree stump in my yard for several years now, since my husband cut down a dead tree. I suppose I could have just ripped the whole thing out, as it does feel a little loose in the ground. However, I liked the way some of the roots spread out along the ground, so I decided to make a planter out of it.

The first thing I needed to do was hollow out the stump to make room for the flowers. I wasn't entirely sure how I was going to accomplish this, but I started by drilling as many holes in the stump with the largest drill bit I had. I wish I'd had a bigger one. I should have purchased a large one for this.

holes drilled in the stump

Next, I got out a small saw and sawed some cuts into the stump from various angles. This didn't work out quite as well as I hoped it would, so I resorted to digging out the center of the stump using a flat-head screwdriver and a hammer. This took some time, but the stump was old and soft enough it wasn't too bad.

making some progress digging out the center of the stump

The stump is pretty well hollowed out. I accidentally broke out a piece of the side, but I'll show how I rectified that so that dirt won't escape out of that hole later.

the stump is almost ready for the flowers

Next, I wanted to pop some color on the stump. I chose spray paint, although later, I decided that that may not have been the best choice. Before I began painting, I used out leaf blower to blow as much loose dirt and leaves away from the stump. Otherwise, the spray paint will blow dirt all over the wet paint. I started by coating it with a couple of layers of gray primer.

two coats of gray primer

After the primer was very dry, I layered coats of yellow spray paint until I'd used an entire can. There really wasn't as much paint on the stump as I'd wanted, but I don't want to spend any more money on spray paint. I may hand paint with regular paint at a later time.

the stumps is yellow

Once I decided the stump was ready, I cut a strip of coco liner to line the top of the stump to help keep the dirt inside.

stump lined with coco liner

Finally! I planted this flower inside of the stump. Unfortunately, this part of my yard doesn't have any grass, but I'll be working that next. I also plan to hand paint the stump. I haven't decided if I'm going to stick with yellow, or go with a darker color that won't show dirt quite as well. As it is, I'm happy with it. It looks better than just being the ugly, boring tree stump that it was before!

the flower tree stump project is finished

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