27 Things to Do With Cremated Remains

Unique and Interesting Ways to Store or Disperse Cremated RemainsOur List

Over the years we’ve come across a number of these lists on the web. – Unique and interesting ways to store or disperse cremated remains. – How one person decides to have their remains handles may seem strange to another, its a personal thing. Here is a list of some of our favorites.

Big Lebowski Scatters Ashes

1. Scattering

Scattering the ashes is what people tend to think of  in regards to cremated remains. According to Co-Operative Funeral Care nearly half of the people who choose cremations choose to have the remains scattered. We’ve written several post about choosing this option and the things to be aware of when choosing a place to scatter remains.



Cemetery Burial2. Burial

Burial is another popular option for interring your cremated remains. According to Co-Operative Funeral Care 10% of the population has their remains buried somewhere. There are some advantages to choosing burial, urn burial sites are usually significantly cheaper than a traditional burial. And the remains will be accessible to everybody to visit.



columbarium Chapel of Chimes

3. Columbarium

A columbarium is building that is basically a mausoleum, where a mausoleum is for a body at rest, while a columbarium is for cremated remains – which makes them very different when I think about it more. They are buildings used to house the urns that contain the cremated remains. And if you don’t have a stable place to house an urn and want family and friends to have the freedom to view it, a columbarium might be a great choice.



Buring the Ashes

4. At Home

We’ve discussed having the remains interred at a cemetery, but often times people will choose to have the remains buried at home 1 in 15 according to Co-Operative Funeral Care. There are no added costs when burying the remains in your backyard, though there are some things to consider when you choose to burying ashes.



Plant a tree from ashes5. Planted as a Tree

Whatever your motivation the Memorial Tree Urn is a beautiful idea. Knowing that the remains of your loved one are being used to nourish the young sapling as it grows into a majestic oak, willow, cherry or one of the other 32 trees they have available.




Launch your remains into space6. Launched into Space

Have your ashes launched into space! Celestis offers several packages for journeying into the final frontier. From a trip into orbit and back to eart, to a more adventurous journey into deep space. For the person who was never able to live that childhood dream of space travel, this could be just the ticket – possibly a one way ticket 😉



Scatter your remains in an explosive way

7.In Fireworks

Angel Flights can turn your cremated remains into an amazing light show for all to see. The service includes 200 fireworks shells modified to hold and scatter the remains.




Balloon into the Atmosphere8. In Helium Baloons

Eternal Ascent can have your remains placed inside a helium balloon that floats up into the atmosphere. The balloon travels to a height of 5 miles where at the temperature of -40 below zero – it crystallizes and bursts, scattering the ashes to the four winds.





9. As a Coral Reef

Eternal Reef is helping rebuild coral reefs by creating cement structures that the coral can latch to and grow on. They will insert your remains into the cement mix before it is poured into the form which the coral grows on.



Hour Glass10. As an Hour Glass

Though the glass won’t be a reliable time piece, it will be a beautiful mantle piece. Just follow the simple directions and have your remains inserted into an hourglass to keep time, at your own pace.




Cremation Diamond

11. As a Diamond

Life Gem offers the service of having a lock of hair or some of the cremated remains of a loved one turned into a certified diamond. They offer several different colors, carat sizes and gem cuts.





12. Mixed in Paint

Memorial Ashes will have the ashes mixed with the paint that is used in a beautiful portrait of the deceased. Though I suppose you could have this done locally , or maybe even do it yourself.




Teddy Bear Urn

13. In Teddy Bear

The Huggables Collection can provide you with a more snuggly urn. These bears will hold a portion of your remains allowing a more cuddly memorial.




carbon-copy-pencil 14.As a Pencil

This company has the idea to put your remains into the lead of a set of pencils. A set of 240 pencils in a case with a custom inscription on each pencil.




Blown Glass15. Hand Blown Glass

Have a unique piece of art created  from your cremated remains.  Art from Ashes will have your ashes put into the glass of a beautiful blown glass vase, be the beautiful centerpiece at every party.




Cremains pressed into a record16.Put into a Vinyl Record

This plucky UK based shop will have your ashes pressed into a set of vinyl records. You pick the artwork and the music, or you can have a spoken word recording to leave a final message to your loved ones, with that vintage popping and hissing of vinyl goodness.



Tattoos17. Tattoo Ink

We came across a number of articles about this practice. Have a portion of the remains mixed with the tattoo ink before it is applied to your body. Reportedly there aren’t any health concerns. But you may want to run it by your personal tattoo artist first. Here are some memorial tattoo ideas.



Stained Glass Memorial18. Stained Glass

There isn’t much that can compare to the enduring beauty of stained glass. This shop will have your ashes mixed into the stained glass window. Have a unique piece commissioned and displayed on the wall or in a prominent window in your home.




Shotgun remains19.Put Into Bullets

This is how you want to be remembered isn’t it?

What could be a more practical memorial than a box of ammo?

Your body may be gone, but you don’t have to miss next years hunting trip. Holy Smoke can have your remains put into shotgun, rifle or pistol ammo.



3d bust urn20. Creepy 3d Bust

For me, this was the oddest of them all. Have your likeness formed into a 3 dimensional bust urn. This urn will not only hold your remains, it will also keep a watchful eye on everybody in the room.




Ashes from a plane21. From an Airplane

Scatter your ashes over a larger area. These guys will have your remains scattered from above, far above from their airplane. They travel all over the world for their work from Maui to the Mediterranean.




Wine from your ashes22. In Wine

When Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan’s mother passed away in 2003, he wanted to help her travel the world (she’d been paralyzed since 1975) – so he scattered her ashes across his vineyard, Caduceus Cellars and named a wine in her honour, saying, “she gets to travel the world now”.



Ashes into a frisbee23. In a Frisbee

The creator of the Frisbee, Walter Morrison, had requested that his remains be mixed into a batch of genuine Frisbees that were distributed amongst his friends and relatives.




Ashes into a Pringles Can24. In a Pringles Can

While we are on the subject of last wishes of innovators, the creator of the Pringles can had his ashes interred, in a Pringles Can. His family decided to use the Original Flavor.




Memorial Jewlery25. Memorial Jewelry

You can have a portion of the remains encased in a piece of jewelry. Carry the memory of your loved one around with you wherever you go in a vessel of pure Sterling Silver or 14k Gold.




Ashes into glass26. Glass Paperweight

We’ve posted several other options for infusing your cremated remains in glass. These paper weights seem like they could be a fun idea, though it does make one  wonder how many of these end up in garage sales. Eeeck.



Keith Richards27. Ask Keith Richards

Keith has been quite open about his years of wild living as a salty old rock’n roller and guitarist to the famed Rolling Stones. He told a British music magazine NME in April of 07′ that he snorted a line of his father’s ashes through his nose. A statement that his manager later discounted as a joke.

26 thoughts on “27 Things to Do With Cremated Remains

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  2. jenna

    Has anyone personally mixed ashes with paints ? If so does it work ok ? I am wanting to make pendants and may be using inks instead … would like to know how it turned out for someone else. Thanks

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  10. Engrave Ink

    Engrave Ink creates an original bottle of memorial tattoo ink by incorporating the ashes of your loved one as a celebration to their unique and wonderful life. The four week process is safe, secure and the finished bottle/s ship to over 20 countries.

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  12. hope

    I don’t think you should advertise ballons as they kill wildlife when released. Its a very poor choice of getting rid of ashes and not helping the environment.

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  14. shannon

    hello, i live in chicago il. and i would like to know if there is a place that can make a journal book with human ashes?

  15. Daniel

    Hi Shannon,

    I’m not aware of any product like that, I’ll keep an eye out for it though. I think you’re best option would be to create something like that yourself using scrapbook supplies.

  16. rhonda

    Hi I have a ten year old son..he lost his dad he is not dealing with it well ..i thought doing something with his ashes might help him. But don’t no what can someone help

  17. Pierre Lemieux

    The present and the future in terms of burial and commemoration will continue evolving and art will contribute to it. The departure of my mother in 1990 made ​​me sculpt a tall granite urn for her, as an artistic monument based on giving the cremains Eternal Light. It has proven to be a great way in her memory and greatness as a mother of 12 children. Here is my site for those that this unique and Canadian copyrighted concept might interest.

    Merci et bienvenue sur mon site / Thank you and welcome to my site

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  20. Laura O'Siggins

    Another thing you can do is order tiny bottles from that I hand decorate with personal info such as name, special quote, or art work such as flowers, or personaluzed.

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