How to make a sweet personalised stump side table

A DIY I’ve been wanting to make for the longest time is a stump side table. Years ago, my lovely father-in-law got me the perfect stump from his farm and it’s been drying out in our garage. I put off making it because in our contemporary style home, a rustic stump side table all of a sudden felt quite out of place… until it was time to create Alexander’s big boy bedroom.

You’ve never met a child more obsessed with nature, being outdoors, and most of all, spending time at the farm than Alexander. I knew the stump side table would be perfect in his room and decided to personalise it with a message on top.

Here’s how to make a sweet personalised stump side table…

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Personalised stump side table with Dr Seuss quote
Alexander Australian inspired bedroom with personalised stump side table
I love the contrast of his modern, minimalist house bed and rustic stump side table

Items you will need:

  • Stump
  • Soldering iron
  • Print out of your quote or message
  • Pencil
  • Timber wax and old cloth
Items you will need to make stump side table
Items you will need to make a sweet personalised stump side table


1. Clean up your stump until you’re happy. If it isn’t level or has a rough top, you may need to sand it back. Mine just needed a good wipe down with sugar soap and water.

2. Use the trick of placing your paper with quote or message against a window to trace the letters onto the reverse side with pencil.

Trace words against window

3. Now place your paper onto the stump in the desired spot and use a pencil to scratch over the whole message. This will leave a faint impression of the words on the stump that you can then write over with the soldering iron.

Place message where you want it

4. Use your soldering iron to carefully burn the message onto your stump. This was my first time using a soldering iron and I was pretty impressed with how easy it was to use.

Part way through burning message
Finished message on personalised stump side table

5. The last step is adding a protective coat of wax or varnish to the side table.

Add wax to face

What do you think of this personalised stump side table? Has it sparked any DIY ideas of your own? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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Personalised stump side table
Completed personalised stump side table

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Gina Beschorner
Gina is an Interior Designer and the Editor of Style Curator, an award-winning interiors blog all about helping you create a more stylish home. She is passionate about sharing her love of design, architecture, decorating and homewares. Having recently finished the build of her dream home, she's now tackling the never ending job of styling it. When she's not blogging or working with interior styling clients, you'll find her running after her 2 children or getting her hands messy in a creative project. Subscribe to our e-newsletter for weekly highlights!


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