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Tree Stump Gnome Home

Updated on August 18, 2016
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I find fairy gardens enchanting and work the fairy figures and petite plants into my miniature landscaping. Join me, it's lots of fun.

Welcome Fairies and Gnomes to Your Yard

I call these tree stump gnome homes, but I imagine a fairy would fancy them as well or even some pixies.
I call these tree stump gnome homes, but I imagine a fairy would fancy them as well or even some pixies. | Source

Convert That Tree Stump into a Fun Yard Feature

Repurpose that old tree stump into an eye-catching gnome home.

When it's time to remove a tree or when one breaks off in a storm, the homeowner is stuck with an unsightly tree stump. Often it's in a prominent place in the yard and serves as a reminder of the lost tree.

It's costly to have a tree stump ground down and letting nature take it's course, can take years. Instead of agonizing over how unsightly the stump is, I wanted to turn it into something fun, something that adds to the yard. That's when I found these ideas for gnome homes or fairy houses made from tree stumps.

To create a gnome home from a tree stump is fairly easy. Add a door and windows, a doorstep, a path and some small scale plantings.

Read on for more examples of how to do this.

(fairy photo by Virginia Allain)

Here's an Excellent Example of a Gnome Home

I found a Facebook group called Fairy Garden Believers and it's great fun seeing all the variations the members do on the miniature garden concept.

One member, Anna Brumar Kittle, added a delightful door to a tree with a stone path leading to it. Take a look at the picture below to see how creative she was in transforming this area. Besides the rock path leading to the doorway, there's an archway over the path.

The area is defined with larger rocks. Around the doorway, she's placed some small-scale plantings. It looks like she used moss to create areas like a lawn for this miniature landscape. On the right side, notice the round blue pool created with colored glass or marbles. Very effective.

Creating a Landscape Around a Tree

Isn't this marvelous! The larger stones set off the garden area where the tiny pool, path and plantings are showcased. The moss forms a lawn for the attractive home for gnomes, pixies or elves to enjoy.
Isn't this marvelous! The larger stones set off the garden area where the tiny pool, path and plantings are showcased. The moss forms a lawn for the attractive home for gnomes, pixies or elves to enjoy. | Source

Let Your Imagination Run Wild

Where Can You Get Ideas for Your Gnome Home?

The Pinterest site is my go-to place for crafty or do-it-yourself ideas. I gathered all the tree stumps turned into gnome homes that I could find on the site. There were a bunch of great examples.

After assembling all these photos, now I need to decide what look really appeals to me the most. I also need to check out the links that go with the photos.

Many of these go to blogs or web pages that contain more information about the tree stump house. I'll look for tutorials on making these. For instance, how do you attach the roof to the top of the tree stump?

This is a screen shot of my Pinterest pinboard on the topic. See the latest examples below. You can also follow my pinboard if you want to see my latest discoveries.

I Used Pinterest to Get Ideas

Pinterest Pinboard of tree trunk gnome or fairy houses
Pinterest Pinboard of tree trunk gnome or fairy houses | Source

Doors for the Tree Stump Gnome Home

Ready-to-Use Gnome Home Doors

You can make your own door out of ice cream bar sticks or other craft supplies if you are creative and very handy. I'm not really good at this, so I'd rather get one that doesn't fall apart on me or look like a 4-year-old made it.

Actually most 4-year-olds could probably make a better gnome home door than I could. My mother was quite innovative and detailed-oriented with crafts. I guess, I didn't inherit her crafting genes.

Here's a selection available through Amazon.

Gnome Home Door

Garden Gnome Home Door in a Tree Art Pieces Outdoor Yard Decor
Garden Gnome Home Door in a Tree Art Pieces Outdoor Yard Decor

Place this arched door on your tree stump and it will be ready for the local gnome to move right in. This one even comes with a round window. Very rustic and old-style in appearance.

 

Videos Showing Creative Uses for Tree Stumps

Warning!!! Warning!!! Warning!!!

Do not use a grinder to gouge out indentations for windows and doors in a tree stump. Her son had serious injuries to his hands from trying to do this. The grinder exploded while he was using it.

He required hospitalization and surgery for it. Be careful with your tree stump project.

— Di W. on the Fairy Believer's group

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Hobbit Style Door to Put at the Base of a Tree

Giftcraft - Miniature Fairy Garden - Round Stone Door
Giftcraft - Miniature Fairy Garden - Round Stone Door

The roundness of this door made me think of Middle Earth and hobbits. I'm sure gnomes, elves and fairies will like it too. The look is enhanced by the long hinges and the heavy-looking ring for "opening" the door. I think the stone look around the door adds to its solid look and the look of the doorstep.

Gather some flat pebbles and make a small walkway leading up to the entryway.

 

We have several large pine stumps just waiting to host the fairies and gnomes. My granddaughter will love this idea.

— Lee Hansen

Here's the Gnome Heading Home for the Evening

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Choose a Stump to Start Your Project

Some of the Tree Stumps I Like - Imagine What You Could Do with These - Photos by Virginia Allain

What a great little opening, just waiting for a tiny door to cover the entrance. Then add your pathway, some mossy plants and tiny flowering plants around the doorway.
What a great little opening, just waiting for a tiny door to cover the entrance. Then add your pathway, some mossy plants and tiny flowering plants around the doorway. | Source
This one has a hollow center. You could cover the top with a peaked roof and shingles. You could even add a chimney or a little window in the roof. An alternate idea would be to make a roof garden on the top. Place a flower pot in the cavity.
This one has a hollow center. You could cover the top with a peaked roof and shingles. You could even add a chimney or a little window in the roof. An alternate idea would be to make a roof garden on the top. Place a flower pot in the cavity. | Source
Look at this enticing opening. How cute it would be with a little door there and some landscaping.
Look at this enticing opening. How cute it would be with a little door there and some landscaping. | Source
This one might require some tiny steps leading up to the doorway or a little rope ladder made with matchsticks and string.
This one might require some tiny steps leading up to the doorway or a little rope ladder made with matchsticks and string. | Source

Moss and Plants to Dress Up the Entrance to Your Gnome Home

Add Moss around the Base of the Tree Stump House

Once you position the moss where you want it, mist it with a spray bottle every few days to keep it happy. If the tree stump is in a shady spot, you won't need to spray it as often.

You can tell if the moss needs watering, just touch it with your fingers. If it feels plush and cool, it's fine. If it feels stiff and a little brittle, it is time to mist it.

Selection of Moss

Live Moss Assortment for Terrariums - Frog, Haircap, Cushions, Rocks, Lichen
Live Moss Assortment for Terrariums - Frog, Haircap, Cushions, Rocks, Lichen

Very nice variety here. If you have moss in your own yard, you can collect it and move it to where your Gnome home is.

This assortment offers a lovlly selection from frog moss, haircap moss, lichens and they even include some rocks.

 

Cushion Moss

Live Cushion Moss - Large 3" to 4-1/2" Plants for Garden
Live Cushion Moss - Large 3" to 4-1/2" Plants for Garden

I love cushion moss for its plush texture and light green color. I'd been calling this reindeer moss, but the proper name is cushion moss. Isn't it lovely?

 

Gathering Your Own Moss

Although it is fairly easy to harvest moss and move it to a new location, you don't want to break any laws. Do not collect moss from forests, parks or public places.

If you have some under the trees in your yard, then feel free to place it with your miniature garden. If not, then I recommend getting some from one of the Amazon sellers shown here.

I Collect Moss in My Own Woods Behind My House

I'm lucky to easily find moss in the shady woods around my cottage. There's plenty of humidity and shade so the moss occurs naturally on fallen logs or tree stumps.
I'm lucky to easily find moss in the shady woods around my cottage. There's plenty of humidity and shade so the moss occurs naturally on fallen logs or tree stumps. | Source
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Don't Want a Gnome Home? Here's Another Solution for That Tree Stump

Here's the Stuff You Need to Gradually Destroy the Stump

This involves drilling holes in the top of the stump and putting the solution in. It speeds up the process of decay quite a bit but it isn't an overnight solution. The Tordon Cut Stump Killer had over 200 positive reviews. The link will show you other similar solutions.

For immediate removal, you would have to bring in a wood chipper or some other equipment.

Personally, I prefer to let nature take its course and I help it along by fostering the right environment for moss to grow on the tree stump.

What Are Your Plans for Your Tree Stump?

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @julieannbrady: That would have been awesome having a colony of gnome homes.

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      You know I have just got to say this ... "Well, DOG-gone it anyway!" You see I had the opportunity for a small gnome community when I took out my 3 large multiple water oak ... and wished I had thought about this. It might seriously have been a good selling point for my home!!