Gnome Tree Stump Home

Introduction: Gnome Tree Stump Home

We had to cut this beautiful old oak tree down because it was dead. so we gave it a 2nd life as a gnome home.

We wanted it to have a whimsical look so I was not so interested on having exactly perfect. We left the tree about 6' tall.

Step 1: Things You Need

What is needed for the roof top:

1 -4x8 sheet of 1/2" plywood

3- 8ft 2x4

4 bundles of wood shingles ( I found that carpenters shims worked just fine) and felt paper

Misc screws and nails

Circular saw, Miter saw. Scroll saw, Screw gun, hammer

Paint ( optional)

I built 3 roof support trusses from the 2x4s each side 42" long cut at 45 degrees then putting a little detail to the ends for that whimsical look using a scroll saw.

Then added the and ends. Each tree is different so you would have to scale the roof to what looks good. I then added felt paper to the plywood then nailed the shingles in a random pattern. I had to trim the edges of the tree with a chainsaw a little to make the roof fit. I painted the under side with grey paint to seal the wood.

It took a few test fits and I had to trim the tree a few times. The roof is attached by a few heavy duty screws into the stump at each end .

Step 2: The Windows

I cut the back pieces out of thin plywood and then cut small strips out of cedar for the details to the edges and window pane. I painted the area inside the windows to make it look like drapes. Then I hot glued some dried grasses to the window pane. sealed the whole thing with exterior varnish.

Step 3: Door

To make the door I used some left over flooring that was finished. I glued 3 pieces together and let that set up. Then cut an arch on the top edge.

I found an old handle that made the door knob ( sprayed it flat black to give it antique look.

I hot glued a little diamond as a peep hole just for fun.

I cut away some of the bark so the door would look more flush. I could have made a border but this turned out ok.

That is about it, I hope you all enjoy !

Happy Instructabling !!!!

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    4 Discussions


    4 months ago

    Did you put any coating on the tree stump itself, to prevent it from drying out and cracking?

    PBR Street gang
    PBR Street gang

    Reply 2 months ago

    no I did not but now the bark is slowly coming off. I am fine with this as it still looks good


    Question 2 months ago on Introduction

    Hello, I need your help scaling these plans down to fit an 8 inch and 6 inch circumference tree stumps. I would really appreciate it, I need step by step instructions with measurements. Thank you for your time. Christin

    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    3 years ago

    That is awesome! The details are just amazing. I love the windows with the flower boxes :)