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Tree Stump Succulent Planter and Fairy Swing DIY

Aren’t succulents just the best? A while back we planted a whole bunch of Gasterias in our wine glass coconut planters and they’ve been making babies like crazy. Before things got completely out of hand we needed to make a plan. There just wasn’t enough space in those coconut shells for all the little ones. It was time for them to spread their wings leaves and find a new home in this tree stump succulent planter.

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Awesome right!!? All in all, it took us about 3 hours to make the planter and that fairy swing in the background.

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Not bad for a morning’s work. Now the succulents have room to grow and we could add another whimsical planter to our garden. Okay, before we get to the tutorial, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

What you need to make a tree stump succulent planter

  • A Tree stump 😉
  • Drill and wood drill bits
  • Hole saw
  • Chisel

If you don’t have a chisel any sharp, pointy metal thing will work; ax, screwdriver, paint scraper; spade …. 😀 If you’re going to add a fairy swing, you’ll also need a flexible branch to create an arch to hang the swing from. I cut a branch from our weeping mulberry, but willow branches or vines are also a good choice.

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The tree stump has been lying in our garden for months, and she’s aged beautifully and proved she can withstand the elements too. Make sure to use a stump that’s big enough to turn into a planter.

How to turn the tree stump into a planter

Since I wanted to add a little fairy swing the first thing I did was drill two holes in the stump for the arch. You can skip this step if you just want to make the planter.

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To make the planting holes we used a hole saw to cut into the stump and then drilled a whole bunch of holes quite close together inside. It just makes it easier to chip away at the wood with a chisel afterward. When making the holes, leave at least a 2″ gap between the hole and the outer diameter of the tree stump.

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I’ll admit, making the holes wasn’t easy. Our tree stump came from a Pepper tree (Schinus molle), and that thing is hard. Really hard. So if you don’t want to spend an hour drilling and chipping, and drilling and chipping, use a stump from one of the softwood trees instead. The planter may not last for years, but it will still be worth it. That’s the great thing about using a tree stump. As the wood decays, it feeds the succulents with all those rich, beautiful nutrients. Once the hole is big enough we can plant our succulents.

How to plant succulents in a tree stump

One of the biggest reasons why succulents die is bad drainage. They hate it when their feet roots lie in water. So for healthy plants, well-drained soil is a must. To create drainage holes, drill from the outside of the stump inwards, up at an angle, into the planting hole you made earlier.

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Not only does it prevent root rot it also helps the stump last longer. To plant the succulents place a few small stones in the bottom of the hole, before adding the soil and plants.

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Rightyo, that’s the planter done. She’s ready to move into the garden, unless you want to spend a few more minutes and make this super easy fairy swing. Come on, I know you want to 😉

What you need to make the easy fairy swing

For the fairy swing, you need some ice cream sticks, wood glue, twine and a pair of sharp scissors.

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Cut the ice cream sticks into three equal lengths. You can make it any length you want to, as long as the bits are roughly the same size.

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Place your three cut sticks side-by-side and measure the width across. Cut another ice cream stick to size and glue down. Stain or paint if you like. Once the glue dries, drill four small holes as shown below.

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To hang the fairy swing, cut four pieces of string; two long and two short. Tie a slip knot on one end of the longer pieces and a double knot on one end of the shorter bits.

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Here’s a handy tip, if your string is of the “fraying kind” put a little bit of sticky tape on the end to keep those scraggly bits in check.

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Sorry about the dirty nails, I just finished planting the succulents when I made the swing 😉

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Thread the unknotted end of the shorter string up into one of the holes, then through the slip knot in the longer string and down into the opposite hole.

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Adjust and make another double knot to secure. Cut any excess bit of string and hang the fairy swing on the arch to complete the look.

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Easy right.

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If you’re feeling adventurous you can always make this fairy porch swing instead 😉 But I think the fairies will enjoy taking a break here and maybe they’ll sprinkle a little growing dust on those newly planted succulents too.

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I’d love to know what you think of the tree stump succulent planter.

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Is it something you would put in your garden? And would you add a fairy swing too? Or maybe something else, like this miniature water fountain or perhaps a recycled fairy bridge? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear about it.

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And as always, here’s wishing you a beautiful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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  • Posted: November 8, 2019 18:28

    Geraldine Allan Alverson

    It is extremely attractive. I have a huge stump in my front yard from after a hurricane that snapped it off. I have put shallow metal planters on the top with black and green sweet potato plants on top as well as a metal rooster in the middle.
    • Posted: November 9, 2019 04:16


      Oh my, that sounds lovely Geraldine. I love the fact that you took something that was almost destroyed in the hurricane and turned it into a unique statement piece 💞
  • Posted: November 7, 2019 09:21


    I think I’d add some steps wrapping around the stump as well so the other forest friends can access the swing.
    • Posted: November 7, 2019 10:49


      Oh, I love your idea of the steps around the stump. That makes it even more special
  • Posted: June 21, 2019 15:15


    This is stunning and I love the addition of the fairy swing. Takes it to a whole new level
    • Posted: June 22, 2019 10:47


      Thank you Germaine. I love that fairy swing too 😉
  • Posted: June 16, 2019 10:57

    Succulent Susan

    I'm so glad you added the drainage holes. People seem to think they can just plant something and it will grow, while the roots drown because the water builds up. Lovely project BTW
    • Posted: June 16, 2019 11:02


      It drives me nuts too when succulents are put in containers or planters without adequate drainage. I get that a people will often buy plants because the planter is so pretty, but the poor plants will never survive and then you end up thinking you've got a brown thumb when it wasn't even your fault
  • Posted: May 29, 2019 01:22


    Michelle I think it looks like a little oasis waiting for your fairies to come along for a swing. What clever thinking to turn the stump into a planter.
  • Posted: May 28, 2019 15:56


    Love this, shame it's not life size. I'd love to have ago on that swing.
  • Posted: May 28, 2019 10:44

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    I love the tree stump planter. I have two trees that grew together and formed a bowl-like area where I planted an iris. Love the little swing cute addition to the succulent planter.
    • Posted: May 28, 2019 11:03


      Oooooo that must look so cool Linda, most definitely a one of a kind planter 💞 Isn't Mother Nature just amazing?
  • Posted: May 27, 2019 17:34


    If I were a Fairy, this would definitely be a favourite spot to swing! Believe it or not, but I've had a tree stump succulent planter in mind for like ever! I love the idea and that little fairy swing is the cutest little detail for it!
    • Posted: May 28, 2019 11:01


      I'm sure yours is going to be something special Katrin. You always manage to add that unique style to everything you do. We've been meaning to make one for ages too, and just never got round to it. So glad we decided to tackle it this weekend, I'm loving the way it turned out.
  • Posted: May 27, 2019 16:15


    We are having a tree removed from our yard in a couple of weeks. To save money we asked them to leave the stump and logs for firewood. Guess what I want to do with that stump now? And you bet it'll have an adorable swing!
    • Posted: May 28, 2019 10:58


      Yay Marie, you're going to have loads of fun with this one 😘

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