Did you know April is Gardening month, and that today is actually National Gardening day? I don't really consider myself a gardener, but I do have flower beds I tend to. So, I wanted to add a bit of whimsy to the garden with a tree stump succulent fairy garden feature! A few of my friends are joining in the fun, be sure to check out their projects below.
Tree Trunk Fairy Garden Ideas
Can't you see this adorable fairy tree stump in your garden or flower bed. Although I do own a chain saw, this was a very easy project without any saw at all. The only tools I used were a drill and a glue gun.
What Else Can You Do With a Tree Trunk?
- Tree Branch Christmas Decor
- Large Tree Slice Centerpiece
- Wood Slice Ornaments
- Tree Branch Log Candle Projects and More
- Succulent Planters from Rotted Tree Trunks
Where Can I Get a Tree Stump?
Our local utility company removed a couple of trees in my neighbor's yard because they were interfering with the power lines. These are the pieces they left for the homeowner to dispose of. Can you see the one I moved to the side?
I only took what I thought I might use. I would like to have had more logs, but most of the pieces were too large for me. That largest one on it's side really would have been nice to have.
Dollar Store Faux Succulents
Did you know the Dollar Tree has a great variety of succulents?
How To Assemble Fairy Garden Tree Stump
In order to know what size drill bit to use, I grabbed my drill bit gauge and inserted the stem. The stem fit well into the 5/16 inch hole, but I actually ended up using a ⅜. Later I'll explain why I then had to go up the the 7/16 bit.
After drilling the hole in the tree stump, I brushed the debris away with my shop brush. Then I continued drilling the rest of the holes, one at a time while spacing them as needed.
Using nippers, I trimmed the stems a little. However, I wouldn't know how much to trim the stems until I decide how to finish off the top of the stump.
There was no rhyme or reason to where I put the holes. I inserted a succulent pick, then decided where to drill the next hole.
I picked up some of the fairy garden stump pieces at the Dollar General. Did you know that since the Dollar Tree increased many of their prices to $1.25 that you can actually get better deals on some things at Dollar General?
Add Finishing Touches to Succulent Tree Stump Project
I ordered Moss Sheets on Amazon. It was easy to trace the shape of the upside down tree stump with a sharpie.
After applying the sheet moss to the top of the fairy garden tree stump, I used scissors to poke a hole in the moss for the stems. This is when I decided that the succulent picks needed to be trimmed a great deal.
The top portion of the stems were much thicker, this is why I had to move to a 7/16 bit.
Full disclosure, most of the stems could be peeled apart revealing just a wire stem. You could do that and drill your holes much smaller.
There were a few nicks in some of the fairy garden tree stump, so I used the scrap sheet moss to cover them up. How? I simply put a small amount of hot glue, then used one of the stem cut offs to press it in to keep from burning my fingers with the hot glue.
The fairy garden accessories I bought on Amazon were very easy to install. This is the fairy garden set I bought, but they have a lot to choose from.
Tree Stump Fairy Garden
The little windows are suppose to take on daylight, and then glow in the dark. I haven't tested them yet.
How to Add Whimsy to your Garden
Don't you think this is the perfect way to add whimsy to your flower garden?
More Fun Garden Projects
Be sure to check out the National Gardening Day garden projects from my friends. #nationalgardeningday
Michelle from Our Crafty Mom shares an adorable Indoor Fairy Garden.
Gail from My Repurposed Life works her magic to create a Fairy Garden Tree Stump.
Carlene from Organized Clutter shares a beautiful Thrifted Wooden Tote to Summer Garden.
Suzanne from Shop at Blu shows us some creative Upcycles for Your Spring Garden.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.