Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tree trunk ideas

Did you know that you can turn a tree stump into a beautiful and original piece of home furniture and that it is a very nice idea to use a tree trunk slice as a tray or to turn it into lots of decorative items ?
Let me give you some ideas.
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Tree trunk seats on wheels. Very confortable to move them around the house!

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As a side table. 
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As garden furniture.

To use them as coffee tables you could place a piece of glass as a top.
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Or you can paint the table top (and/or the trunk itself) in your favorite color.
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What do you think of this gorgeous tree trunk bench?
2011-10-11_115938Tree trunk garden bench by Jurgen Bey  Source here
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A tree stump as a sink pedestal !! Love this!!!

Or turn a tree trunk slice into a tray!
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Trunk tree displaySource here
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Besides the functional use, a tree trunk could be given a more decorative function and could be turned into the following items.
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As into this gorgeous table lamp.

Or into a Christmas decorative item as Axel Vervoordt did at the entrance of his castle last year.
Foto 263Photo by me at the Castle of Axel Vervoordt   

Or you can use the slices as wall covering! How original is this!!
Wall covered with tree trunk slicesSource here

Or you could use a hollowed out tree trunk as a sort of vase!
Foto 303Photo by me at the Castle of Axel Vervoordt 
Axel Vervoordt removed a Rhododendron branch from his garden into this hollowed out trunk.

You can use it as an umbrella stand.

Source : www.realwoodworks.org

And a splendid idea is the put a serie of canes into it! Very decorative to place in your entry hall!
Hollowed out antique tree trunkSource unknown
All these examples above wouldn’t cost you that much if you could find a tree trunk in a nearest forest and if you could try to make your favorite tree trunk item yourself! Yes, a DIY project!
I do hope I inspired you today?!


  1. Wow!!! Let's talking about inspiration!!! Love, love, love this post! I think it's genius to use some rustic materials, just the way you've showed here. Aren't they gorgeous? Pieces of art, direct from Nature!

    Have a great day, Greet!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  2. i adore this .
    i think it is a really clever look.

  3. I used to have two pieces of lovely eucalyptus trunks (which I found on the roadside!) when we lived in Brazil, and I placed terra cotta pots with plants on them. So lovely. I love these ideas, especially the sink pedestal!

  4. What great ideas, Greet. This would be PERFECT for the lake house!
    I hope that all is well with you.

  5. Oh I love the castle photo you took--so clever and beautiful. I used a wood stump as a side table in my son's room--looks rustic and masculine and chic! have a great day Greet!

  6. So many beautiful ideas here, anything that brings the nature in I just love, and anything that has a woodsy, earthy rustic element I think adds so much character to a room/space. This is like the ultimate tree trunk inspiration post..if you can't find it here, it doesn't exist!!

  7. After our big storms and hurricane I collected some stumps and big slices from Maples that had fallen here in Conn. USA. It took two strong men to move a five inch thick slice of Maple... it was DENSE. I was told by the men who cut trees that if I didn't "season" the stumps that the beautiful bark would fall off as it dried... Greet , do you have any info about how to handle the wood so that it stays in its natural state? I just love that tree trunk bench.... so whimsical!

  8. What wonderful inspiration for fall or any time of year! Love the wallcovering and umbrella stand and have a wonderful bowl I use for fruit. Will definitely look into stumps for Christmas decor.

    The Buzz Blog

  9. I love the first ones on casters and the second one that looks like the wood is petrified...or as a tray...that's great too! What a cool post....

  10. Grand Post + thanks Greet xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  11. This post made me smile because the very first piece of furniture I bought (in the 70's) was a gorgeous 3 foot natural piece of driftwood. I still use it today as the base for my glass topped coffee table.

    Marguerite - It's my understanding you can prevent termites by adding a capful of bleach to every gallon of water, and soaking it overnight. Any other ideas?

  12. Greet, I love the tree trunk as sink pedestal and the slices used as serving trays. How creative and rustic.
    Have a great day...Victoria

  13. Love it!

    Innovative, artistic, unique (so far!)

    Beautiful thoughts to give nature another purpose!


  14. Love treetrunks ... especially when they are used as planters. Special, former tree holds new life.


  15. You showed us some really great ideas! Love the tray and side table ideas and all you would have to do is sand very smooth and give it a coat of butchers wax, I think I might try the lamp idea for the husband. Silly us and all this time we were simply cutting our wood up for the wood stove.

  16. Hello Greet,
    I have been eying these types of tree furniture for awhile as I've been drawn to their simplicity and honesty...very lovely ideas...

  17. I love them as stools on casters in the first image. I helped a friend once do a stool for her son's forest themed room and we forgot to seal the stump and some little critters came out!

  18. Good evening mijn lieve GREET!!!!

    I LOVE EVERYTHING YOU POST!!! You are a wonderful visionary and I appreciate everything you share with us...Anita

  19. love love love love them all... hoping you are doing very well my sweet friend... xx

  20. So inspired and lovely!! I do prints, canvas, greeting cards and posters about fashion, you´r invited to see my work :)

    By the way love your blog and follow you!! :)

  21. I love all these uses for a tree trunk. I've seen tree trunks used as stools & side tables, but never as a sink pedestal - very cool! Love the look of the rhododendron branch in the hollowed out trunk, and the wall covered in tree trunk slices is really unique :-)

  22. What a fun post, Greet! I love the cupcakes set up and the umbrella stand best. Hoop dat je een prettige Herfst hebt, ik geloof dat het nog mooi weer is. xo Lidy

  23. Hello dear Greet,
    Those are fabulous! I love the idea of using the tree trunks as furniture. I have used them as chairs at a table out of necessity, but never imagined they would become chic!
    Hugs, Cindy

  24. I love the serving trays! Also, Lampworks makes a beautiful aspen bark lamp that is gorgeous: http://i.imgwww.com/img/i/2007/500.jpg

  25. I love all the wonderful natural organic ideas - not to mention stylish!!

  26. Well,Plants are so good for the air quality in your home. I also planted bonsai and flower pots at my home. I have always struggled a bit trying to display them and fit them into the decor.

  27. Good morning Greet,

    What a fun post this is! A trunk on casters (as a sidetable) I have been wanting myself. Perhaps an umbrella stand for Hubby this Christmas! Very clever.



  28. What a great idea. Its fun and unusual. Love the bathroom idea with the sink sitting on it.

  29. I'm loving the idea of tree bark as a fall texture! Love it as a side table or as a serving tray!!!

    xo Elizabeth

  30. you always inspire, greet.

    i want my own tree stump (or 5!)



  31. You always post the most imaginative and stimulating posts dearest Greet! I absolutely adore the Axel Vervoordt room with the linen chair and bower in a tree trunk! Warmest of hugs from an old farmhouse in England - Glenda P.s. you are so kind and generous Greet I don't know how to thank you!

  32. A fabulous post Greet, inspiring and very filled of greats ideas....thank you!!

    Big hugs


  33. It is not just an idea. It's a humor!

  34. Wow this is so cool,Thanks for sharing this inspirational showcase here with us.....

  35. Greet, nicely done. I wonder if you would kindly add us as the source for the walnut umbrella stand (the black umbrella in the hollow walnut stump)? Since you've used our photo, I'd really appreciate it :)

  36. Hi Greet, I love these ideas, and hope to find a hollow trunk someday to use like the one is Axel Vervoordt's oriental salon photo. Thanks for stopping by the Garvinweasel blog today, and have a great week!


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