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5 DIY Urn Ideas

Dec 2, 2019 11:49:00 AM / by Emily Sonderegger

There are many options on the market for urns, but maybe you want something more unique or personal that can be put on display instead of being stowed away in a closet. Here is a list of 5 urns you can make yourself.


If your loved one was an avid tea drinker, or a lover of vintage objects, a teapot could make a great urn! Pick out the perfect teapot and use a piece of strong tape on the inside to block off the spout. Then the ashes can be added to the inside. You can optionally seal the lid to the top of the pot with some superglue. 


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Wooden Box

If you’re handy with tools, making a wooden box for the cremated remains of your loved one is a meaningful option. Whether you source the wood from a local hardware store or from a backyard tree, being able to craft a handmade vessel for your loved one is . If you need a place to start, check out a step by step tutorial like this one by Fine Woodworking.


Wine bottle

If a loved one had a favorite wine or liquor, why not store their ashes in that bottle? Take an empty bottle, add the ashes inside and replace the cork. If you want an extra personal touch, you can make a custom label to further memorialize your loved one. 


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Potted Plant

If your loved one had a green thumb, what better way to memorialize them than with one of their favorite plants? Choose a plant, and repot it into soil with a little bit of ashes mixed in. If you aren’t confident that the plant will stay alive, you can put the ashes into a small container and bury it in the soil alongside the plant. 


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Stuffed Animal

Put some ashes into a small, tightly sealed container like a small jar. Carefully cut open the back of the stuffed animal and nestle the ashes in the stuffing. Stitch the seam closed and the stuffed animal is ready to be put on display.


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Do you have any ideas for urns you can make or modify? Let us know in the comments!

Emily Sonderegger

Written by Emily Sonderegger