Tree Stump Stools

Tree Stump Stools

Use Designer Kenneth Wingard’s instructions to turn tree stumps into unique stools.

5 col

Tree stump
Pre-cut 3/4-inch plywood circle, cut to the inside diameter of your tree stump
1-inch foam padding
1/2-inch batting
Fabric of your choice
(2) Casters
(2) Casters with brakes
(16) 3-inch wood screws
Spray glue
Staple gun and staples
Fabric scissors
Drill with 1/8-inch drill bit
Phillips head screwdriver drill bit
Roll of industrial hook and loop sheeting
Marker pen
Craft knife


Assemble the Cushion:

  1. Lay the plywood circle on top of a piece of foam padding and trace around it with a marker pen. Cut out the foam circle with a craft knife, and then cut a rough 45-degree edge all around the foam. This is so the foam will lie flat at the edges in later steps

  2. In a well-ventilated area, apply spray glue to the surface of the plywood circle and press down the foam with the wide edge on top

  1. Cut a piece of batting into a square that is 2 inches larger on each side than the plywood and lay the plywood, foam side down, on top of it. Wrap the batting over the edges of the plywood and foam, and staple it in place with a staple gun placing the staples every 1 inch. Once the batting is secured, trim off any excess with scissors

Tip: Staple the batting by working from one side of the circle to the other, rather than around the edge in one go. This will help the batting to be evenly distributed and not bunched on one side.

  1. With the fabric placed facedown on your work surface, lay the plywood with batting and foam-side down on the fabric. Trim the fabric so there is at least 4-inch excess on all sides of the plywood

  2. Staple the fabric to the underside of the plywood, pulling it taught as you go along. If there are any loose spots when you’re finished, pull the area tighter and add additional staples, and then trim off any excess fabric.


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Attach the Cushion to the Tree Stump:
You can purchase or find a tree stump in online classified ads. Make sure that your stump is dry, and if desired treat with a clear mat polyurethane coat. Our designer decided to keep the stump in its natural state.

  1. Cut three 6–8-inch strips of hook and loop tape. Place the loop side in a triangle on the underside of the cushion and staple in place with a staple gun. Place the hook half in a corresponding triangle on top of the tree stump and also staple in place. Press the cushion onto the tree stump

Attach the Casters:

  1. Temporarily remove the cushion from the tree stump. Turn the tree stump over and mark a large X centered across the bottom. The ends of the X will be where the casters are placed
  2. Arrange the casters around the edge of the tree stump using your X from Step 7 as a guideline. Make sure the two casters with brakes are opposite each other.

  1. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes through the screw holes in each caster and into the stump. Secure the casters to the stump with 3-inch wood screws in each hole. Turn the stump upright and replace the cushion

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