Magical Makeovers: How to Create a Stunning Fairy House from a Tree Stump

Gnome Tree Stump House

Trees add beauty to your landscape, increase property value, and provide shade from the hot summer sun. But dead trees can be an eyesore and need to be removed immediately. They are tripping hazards that are likely to attract pests.

But why go through the gruelling task of removing a dead tree stump when you can turn it into a magical fairy house – a cute garden decor?

Transforming Ugly to Adorable: DIY Fairy Houses Made from Tree Stumps

Mimi, the owner of the gnome tree stump house you see above, thought she could do something creative with the dead tree stump instead of having her husband cut it. The tree stump was located near the street, and so the first thing that popped into her head was to build a house – a gnome tree stump house!

It is indeed a great idea. Instead of letting the tree stump become an unpleasant sight on their property, they turned it into a cute fairy house that even the passers-by liked!

Gnome Tree Stump House

How to Transform an Ugly Tree Stump Into a Magical Fairy House?

Below is a video that shows how they did it. And although they bought new materials for their project, it should not stop you from making use of scraps that you may have in storage. If you have old toys stashed somewhere, you can also use them in decorating your gnome tree stump house!

Do you have an unsightly stump in your yard that you can turn into a tree-stump fairy house? Find out how to turn it into one in the tutorial below. But first, click through our gallery for some inspiration…


  • Scrap Wood
  • Wood glue
  • Wood saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Exterior paint and brushes
  • Miniature windows and doors
  • Decorative elements such as pebbles, seashells, or moss
  • Solar-powered lights (optional but highly recommended for a magical glow at night)


  • Hammer
  • Ruler
  • Drill
  • Nails
  • Hacksaw

Planning Your Fairy House

Before you embark on your fairy house adventure, it’s essential to do some planning. This stage is crucial as it allows you to visualize the end result and gather the necessary materials. 

Choosing the Right Tree Stump

The first step in creating a stunning fairy house is finding the perfect tree stump. Look for a stump that is sturdy, has an interesting shape, and is free from rot or decay.

A tree stump that is approximately two to three feet tall and has a diameter of at least one foot is ideal for this project.

Sketching Your Design

Take a moment to sketch your fairy house design on paper. This will help you visualize the layout, placement of windows and doors, and overall aesthetics.

You can also use this opportunity to plan the colour scheme and any additional embellishments you want to incorporate.

Creating Your Fairy House

Now that you have your plan in place and all the necessary materials at hand, it’s time to bring your fairy house to life. Follow these steps to create a stunning and whimsical dwelling:

Cleaning and Preparing the Stump

Begin by thoroughly cleaning the tree stump to ensure a pristine surface for your fairy house. Start by removing any loose bark, which can be easily done by gently scraping it off with a hand tool or a small knife. Be careful not to damage the wood underneath.

Now, clean the stump by sweeping away loose dirt and leaves with a brush or broom. For stubborn dirt or moss, gently scrub the surface using a soft-bristle brush and mild soap mixed with water. Rinse off the soap with clean water and let the stump dry before proceeding.

Cleaning the tree stump is an essential step as it ensures that the paint and adhesive will adhere properly to the surface. It also helps create a clean and polished canvas for your creative vision to come to life. So take your time and make sure to thoroughly clean every nook and cranny of the stump, leaving it free from any unwanted debris.

Adding Windows and Doors

To add an enchanting touch to your fairy house, it’s time to create openings for the windows and doors. Using a wood saw, carefully measure and mark the desired locations for the windows and doors on the tree stump. Ensure that the openings are proportionate and align with your overall design.

Once you have marked the spots, proceed to make precise cuts using the wood saw. Take your time and work slowly to ensure clean and accurate cuts. It’s important to exercise caution while handling the saw to prevent any accidents or damage to the stump.

Next, install the small windows and doors in the fairy house openings. They add charm and life to the house. Place them carefully, ensuring a snug fit. Use a small amount of wood glue to secure them, applying it precisely with a toothpick or brush.

Check alignment and adjust windows and doors as wood glue sets. This is crucial for a polished fairy house. Once the glue dries and windows and doors are secure, take a step back to admire the transformed tree stump dwelling.

Windows and doors in the fairy house are both visually appealing and inviting to the magical inhabitants. They offer glimpses of the interior, sparking wonder and imagination. Miniature windows let in imaginary sunlight, while the doors beckon fairies and woodland creatures inside.

Painting and Decorating

Let your imagination run wild as you paint and decorate your fairy house. Choose colours that complement your garden and add a touch of magic to the surroundings. Apply multiple coats of exterior paint for durability, and don’t forget to let each coat dry before moving on to the next.

Once the paint is dry, it’s time to add decorative elements. Consider using pebbles to create a pathway, seashells for a coastal-themed fairy house, or moss for a woodland vibe. Let your creativity shine as you personalize your fairy house.

If you want your fairy house to have a different light at night, you can choose to wrap some neon signs on it, which will give your fairy house a romantic atmosphere, so choosing decorations is an important thing. If you’re looking to add a personal touch, don’t be afraid to get creative, you can customize everything from the colors to the style. So, go ahead and let your imagination run wild!

Finishing Touches

To add an extra touch of enchantment and create a truly mesmerizing fairy house, why not incorporate solar-powered lights? These delightful lights will not only illuminate your creation but also infuse it with a warm and magical ambience, particularly when darkness falls.

When choosing solar-powered lights for your fairy house, opt for those specifically designed for outdoor use. These lights typically come with small solar panels attached, which harness the power of the sun to charge the built-in batteries. This means no wiring or electricity is required, making them safe and hassle-free.

Before placing the solar-powered lights, consider the layout of your fairy house and the surrounding garden. Strategically position the lights around the house to highlight its charming features, such as the windows, doors, and decorative elements.

By placing the lights in key areas, you can create a captivating interplay of light and shadows, enhancing the magical ambience.

It’s important to ensure that the solar panels of the lights receive ample sunlight during the day for efficient charging. Find suitable spots where the panels can capture the maximum amount of sunlight, such as open areas or places that are not obstructed by trees or other structures. Remember to position the solar panels facing the sun for optimal charging.

As twilight descends and the sky darkens, the solar-powered lights will work their magic. Watch as your fairy house illuminates, casting a gentle glow that captivates both young and old. The soft, warm light will transform your garden into a whimsical wonderland, inviting fairies and magical creatures to come and play.

Not only do these lights add a touch of magic to your fairy house, but they also have practical benefits. They serve as functional lighting, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of your creation even during nighttime gatherings or quiet moments in the garden. The solar-powered feature ensures energy efficiency and sustainability, as the lights draw power from the sun and automatically turn on at dusk.

Remember to periodically check the lights to ensure they are clean and free from any debris that may obstruct the solar panels. Regular maintenance will help maximize their performance and longevity, allowing your fairy house to radiate its enchanting glow for seasons to come.

So, take your fairy house to the next level by adorning it with solar-powered lights. Embrace the ethereal beauty they bring, as they transform your creation into a mesmerizing spectacle that enchants all who behold it. 


In conclusion, creating a stunning fairy house from a tree stump is a magical and fulfilling endeavour. With a bit of planning, creativity, and the right materials, you can transform an ordinary tree stump into a whimsical dwelling that will captivate the hearts and imaginations of all who encounter it.

So, let your imagination soar, embrace the wonders of nature, and embark on this enchanting journey of bringing magic into your garden. With a little touch of fairy dust and a whole lot of love, your fairy house will become a cherished centrepiece, evoking a sense of joy and wonder for years to come.

Click on any image to start the lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox.8-)

Thanks to Mimi for this great project. You can watch the step-by-step tutorial here:



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