Are you getting your loved one cremated? You don’t need to buy an urn. If you’re looking for creative urns, use these items found in your home.
Over 50 percent of last year’s funerals used cremation instead of burials. With cremations being at a record high in America, there’s a demand for more unique urn options.
If a traditional urn doesn’t suit your loved one’s personality, get creative.
As long as you have enough space for the ashes, any object can hold them. It may require some customization or purchasing from a specialty urn company, but it’s possible.
Your loved one deserves to be remembered for their individuality. Keep reading for 12 ideas for creative urns.
1. Plant Pot
Did your loved one enjoy nature, gardening, or simply being outdoors? Consider adding ashes to one of your planters.
Mix the ashes in with the soil and plant a tree. You want to plant something that can grow year-round and is easy to maintain.
As the plant grows, it will take nutrients from the ashes and the soil. Your loved one will effectively help create new life.
2. Keepsake Jewelry
Keeping your loved one’s ashes close is very comforting for those in mourning. You can’t get much closer than a piece of jewelry.
Consider buying cremation jewelry. You can choose from bronze, stainless steel, 14k gold, and sterling silver pieces.
Of course, the entirety of the cremation won’t fit into one necklace. This could be a nice option for large families who would all like to have a portion of the ashes.
3. Holiday Ornaments
The holidays bring people together; perhaps your loved one did the same. Choosing a holiday-inspired urn is an excellent idea.
Christmas tree ornaments make perfect urns because they’re self-contained. And, you can divvy up the ashes into different ornaments for different family members.
Of course, you don’t have to wait for the holidays to see the cremation. Choose an ornament that suits your interior décor or even your garden style.
4. Musical Instruments
For lovers of music, using an instrument as an urn is a brilliant idea. What better way to remember your musician loved one than in an instrument they played?
You can choose from any instrument that has a hollow opening and can be sealed.
Guitars, drums, and brass instruments are excellent options. To seal them, you could use silicone epoxy or metal glue with a custom metal piece.
5. Stuffed Animals
A common urn for children who pass away is a toy or stuffed animals. They could have a favorite teddy bear or soft doll they loved to cuddle.
Simply cut an opening in the stuffy and place the bagged ashes inside. Resew the opening and keep the toy in a safe place.
6. Beer Growler
Was your loved one a craft beer aficionado? What better way to honor them than to keep their ashes in a custom growler?
Sure, you could use a growler from their favorite craft brewery.
But you could also get a custom growler made with your loved one’s name. Perhaps you could include the type of beer they liked too, like an ale or IPA.
7. Coffee Can
There are coffee people and then there’s everyone else. For a loved one who lived for their morning cup of joe, honor that with a creative coffee urn.
Use an empty can from their favorite coffee brand. You could do the same with a can of teas if they were a tea-lover.
8. Whiskey Barrel
Whiskey barrels add a rustic charm to any space. Not only can you remember a loved one in this way, but you can upgrade your interior design with one.
Find a barrel that once held their favorite whiskey. Or, buy a used one and stain it to match your style.
When you turn an urn into a piece of home décor, you’re reminded of your loved one whenever you walk past it.
9. Tackle Box
For anyone who loves sitting on the boat with calm water and rod in their hand, this creative urn is perfect. Fishers and nature lovers can be appropriately remembered in a tackle box urn.
You could use the tackle box they always used or buy a new one. Make sure you seal it closed and keep it in a safe place.
Or, bring it out on the boat with you next time you go fishing.
10. Hollowed Books
Was your loved one an avid reader? Or, is there a fictional novel that reminds you of them?
Consider creating a hollowed-out book as an urn. It may take a little elbow grease, but the result is beautiful.
Simply find a book that resonates with you and use an X-Acto knife to cut a square out of the center of the pages. Once you have a clean, open box, place the ashes inside and seal the book closed.
11. Wind Chimes
Imagine thinking of your loved one every time the wind blows past your window. That’s what it would be like to have a wind chime urn.
Not only do these urns sound wonderful, but they look gorgeous in any garden or backyard. Plus, you can choose a chime that best suits your loved one, like an alto wind chime or soprano.
12. Garden Statue
Every time you look out your window or sit in your backyard, you can see your loved one’s cremation. There are many different garden elements that also hold ashes.
For example, a garden statue to sit among the flowers. Or, a fountain that gives birds a place to bathe. You could even place the ashes inside a decorative glass sphere to sit in the garden.
Interested in Using One of These Creative Urns Ideas?
Your loved one deserves an urn as special and unique as they were. While the classic, traditional urns are nice, creative urns add a sense of individuality.
Consider the creative urn ideas above. Many are DIY and some you can buy from our online urn store. Browse our online shop and find the perfect urn to cherish your loved one in.