Trash to Treasure: Turn Large Tree Stumps Into Charming Cozy Stools in 3 Easy Steps

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From Trash to Treasure:
Turn large tree stumps into charming cozy stools. This is a great way to add extra seating around the holidays or for outdoor dining. These charming decorative tree stumps can add character just about anywhere! In this case I used this idea for my front porch. This is where my family and friends seem to gather after a delicious dinner together with our hot drinks during the chilly months, or refreshing cocktails during those lazy summer nights. This is such an easy and fast project, even your little ones can join in and help. And now more friends and family can have a comfy place to sit while gathered on the porch.

Step 1: Plus This Charming Stool Is Easily Moved or Stored

My charming log seat is easily moved and stored somewhere else when not in use.

Step 2: Gathering Supplies to Make a Cozy Charming Log Stool

Here is a list of supplies that you will need:

*Tree stumps

*hemp or burlap fabric, or any outdoor fabric

*old cotton sweaters or cotton batting

*upholstery tacks

*hammer/staple gun/scissors

*left over house paint/paintbrush (optional)

You will need logs that are level on each side, freshly cut wood works best.

Step 3: Step 1 for Making a Charming Cozy Log Stool

Cut the hemp fabric and cotton sweaters to size by holding a piece of fabric on top of stump and running a pair of sharp scissors along the edge to cut out the exact shape. Staple the layers of cotton sweaters or cotton batting onto the top of the log. (Make sure you use enough layers to give a nice cushion.)

Step 4: Step 2 for Making a Charming Cozy Log Stool

Place the hemp fabric on top and with a hammer tack upholstery tacks all the way around while pulling the fabric tight for a nice fit. Start with hammering down tack opposite each other.
For a nicer cleaner look, tuck under the fabric 1/4" around the outer edge and then hammer the tacks down.

Step 5: Step 3 for Making a Charming Cozy Log Stool

Paint the log a bright color or leave it unpainted to let the natural bark show as I did.

Be careful if you have little ones around, they should not climb on the log, as they may injure themselves.


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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Nice work, but you might note that these heavy logs are not suitable for homes with small children, or that may eventually receive a visit of them. Surely the first thing a young child will be throwing down it, and if it falls on he/she, could hurt him/her badly.

    Please, do it.

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    Yes, I did not think of that since no little ones are around here any more.
    Thanks for the suggestion. I will add that to both instructables and my site.

    I welcome you to be cautious. You never know when you will get a visit by a family with small children. In homes where no children, it is common to put aside some basic safety rules.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I love this idea. I have just had a huge tree cut down and still have about 12 hugs logs, bigger around than yours, and this is what I think I shall do....snitch one before my ex comes back for the rest of the wood and turn it into a little stool....thanks for sharing....

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