How to make a fake tree trunk/stump for your garden
by C S Wan
A fake tree trunk/stump made from cement can be used to display plants such as orchids, and ferns; as a support for climbing plants and as a platform to display decorative items. Fake tree trunks/stumps are suitable for outdoor garden as they do not rot and are more resistant to termites.
Below are some photos of fake tree trunks/stumps I have made for my garden and instructions on how to make a fake tree trunk from wire mesh and cement.
|Fern. orchid and fern on a fake tree trunk|
|A fake stump used as a planter for periwinkles|
|Bougainvillea growing in a fake stump|
|Zinias and cosmos growing in a fake stump|
|A fake tree trunk used as support for orchids and a 'branch' to hold a man-made squirrel|
|Fake stumps used as platforms for a' mouse-deer' and an 'eagle'|
1. Wire mesh
2. Wire cutter
6. Plastic pots
6. Emulsion paint
1. With a wire cutter cut a piece of wire mesh, according to required size for the tree trunk. (pic. 1)
2. Roll the wire to form a cylinder and secure the loose ends by bending them with a pair of pliers. Cover one end of the cylinder with the wire mesh.(pic.2)
3. Wrap the cylinder with newspaper and tie it with raffia strings.(pic.3)
4. From the open end use a spade to plaster the inside of the cylinder with cement until the entire area is covered. Leave the cylinder overnight to allow the cement to dry completely.(pic.4)
5. Unwrap the newspaper and plaster the outside of the plaster with cement. With a plastic fork score the wet cement to form the bark. (pic.5)
6. Place the covered end of the cylinder on newspaper and pour in wet cement. Leave it to dry.(pic.6)
7. Cover the other end of the cylinder with a piece of wire mesh and plaster it with cement. You will now have the first section of the tree trunk.(pic7)
8. For the second section cut a hole in the wire mesh and insert a plastic pot which can be used as a planter. Follow steps 1-7 to make the second section. You can make as many sections as you like until you have the required height.(pic8)
9. Dig a hole about a foot deep. Put in the first section of the trunk in the hole and fill round the base with cement. Stack and secure the rest of the sections with cement. To hide the joints apply some cement round the joints and score it with a fork. (pic.9)
10. When the tree trunk has dried completely, paint it with dark brown emulsion paint.
Notes: Use your creativity to add other decorative features such as branches, roots, etc. to the tree trunk.
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