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How to Open an Urn – Wood or Marble

Opening a cremation urn

How to Open an Urn

It may seem like a simple task, but this is one of the most frequent questions we get asked: “How do I open my Urn?”

Below are two short video tutorials addressing the question. One is for a typical wooden urn and the other for a typical granite, marble or stone urn. Generally urn makers create a product that allows the user to easily Continue reading How to Open an Urn – Wood or Marble

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Help With Urns

We are here to help families.

At Urns Northwest, the joy found in a good day’s work is centered on helping our clients find what they are looking for while saving them time, money, and stress. Our customer service staff is ready to answer phone calls and/or emails with any questions you may have about our products, shipping arrangements, or personalization options.  Continue reading Help With Urns

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Unique Asian Theme Urns

Here are a few ceramic urns hand-crafted in the USA by a Washington artist featuring Asian themes.

Cremation Urn with Inscription

The Asian Calligraphy Cremation Urn is crafted in a classically round shape with custom characters fired onto the surface of the urn. We can inscribe Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or other characters. View product details for links full of ideas to honor the memory of a loved one even if you do not know the language. Available in 3 different finishes: White Crackle, as shown; Aqua Luster; or Lemon Luster.

Ceramic Funeral UrnsThe Korean Style Burial Jar Cremation Urn is a work of art, with handmade accents consisting of clay figurines and pots. This gorgeous funeral urn is custom made to order with a design after actual museum pieces. A beautiful way to honor a loved one.

Asian Urns for AshesOne of our most breathtaking funeral urns, the Han Tomb Ceramic Cremation Urn is a magnificent design based on Chinese tombs from the Eastern Han Dynasty. Constructed of glazed earthenware clay, with an embellished surface boasting a vibrant array of carved decorative elements, a work this elaborate will always symbolize the high status of the individual buried within.

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Cremation Urn Applique FAQ

 

We get many inquiries about the appliqués we offer for customers to personalize our cremation urns. These appliqués are gorgeous and come in many themes, including religious (crosses, doves, praying hands) military (Army, Navy, etc), hobby (hunting, fishing), and more.

Urn Customization | Rugged Cross Applique Urn Customization | Praying Hands Bronze Applique Urn Customization | Farm Tractor Urn Applique Urn Customization | Teddy Bear Urn Applique

How can I figure out if an appliqué will fit onto the urn I want?

Because our cremation urn appliqués are sold and shipped separately, it is important to determine in advance if the chosen appliqué will fit. All of our product pages display the dimensions of the product towards the bottom of the product description, so take note of the dimensions of the appliqué and then compare that to the dimensions of the urn you’ve selected. If there is any doubt, please feel free to contact us and we will measure the available space to ensure that if will fit.

How do I attach an appliqué to a cremation urn?

Our urn appliqués are designed to be attached to wood and metal urns, by a 3M industrial-grade double-stick tape. Make sure that the surface area is clean, dry, and free of dust, then simply remove the layer of plastic from the back of the appliqué and affix it directly to the place on the urn you would like it to go. Once you place it, it will not be removable so be careful!

 

How can I figure out if an appliqué will fit onto the urn I want?

Because our cremation urn appliqués are sold and shipped separately, it is important to determine in advance if the chosen appliqué will fit. All of our product pages display the dimensions of the product towards the bottom of the product description, so take note of the dimensions of the appliqué and then compare that to the dimensions of the urn you’ve selected. If there is any doubt, please feel free to contact us and we will measure the available space to ensure that if will fit.

How do I attach an appliqué to a cremation urn?

Our urn appliqués are designed to be attached to wood and metal urns, by a 3M industrial-grade double-stick tape. Make sure that the surface area is clean, dry, and free of dust, then simply remove the layer of plastic from the back of the appliqué and affix it directly to the place on the urn you would like it to go. Once you place it, it will not be removable so be careful!
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Specialty Cremation Urns

Cremation urns are both functional and decorative. Most people prefer a traditional, standard urn shape and construction, in a box or vase shape to hold the cremains, with minor customization on the exterior such as a butterfly design and an engraved inscription. This makes for a simple and functional urn with enough decoration to be attractive without being outlanding.

Others, however, prefer to honor their loved one with a fitting memorial that is unique in shape and design so as to reflect the unique personality of the departed. At Urns Northwest, we have a variety of these specialty cremation urns.

Cowboy Boot Urn | Specialty Urns Cowboy Boots Urn – $499.00
Golf Urn | Golfer Urn | Golf Bag Urn Golf Bag Urn – $599.00
Camouflage Urn for Ashes Camouflage Urn – $189.00
Duck Cremation Urn | Duck Urn Mallard Duck Urn – $499.00
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Companion Urns with Picturesque Wood Art Scenes

Wood Urn Double Urn
Companion Urns for Two
A companion urn is a timeless way to memorialize the enduring love of an inseperable couple. Also known as a double urn or an urn for two, companion urns make a lasting and beautiful memorial. 

The wooden urn box is built to hold the cremains of two individuals in oak, walnut, or maple wood, and can be designed with or without an interior divider. This option allows the couple to choose to have their remains co-mingled inside the urn as a symbol of their unity in life and in death, or, alternately, to keep their ashes separated to represent their individuality while still being united forever in a beautiful companion urn as a token of the depth of their love.

The various scenes for the Companion Urn with 3 Dimensional Scene are crafted using various exotic and domestic hardwoods in their natural colors, cut and laser engraved then inlaid like a 3-D jigsaw puzzle to produce an intricately detailed image with a delightful sense of depth.

The many enchanting scenes available for this double wood urn include:

Idyllic outdoor scenes – A lighthouse against a rocky seacoast, a cowboy riding his trusty horse through the desert towards the setting sun, a farmer riding his tractor home to the farm one last time.

Enchanting animal scenes – An elk in the woods, dolphins leaping through the crest of a wave, a hummingbird or butterfly fluttering near lush flowers.

Bucolic pastime scenes – A rustic cabin nestled against a lake, a golfer finishing his final round, a sailboat rounding the final bend toward shore.

These fine companion urns and many more are available at Urns Northwest. As with most of our wood cremation urns, these double urns can be personalized with laser engraved inscription.

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How to Choose a Cremation Urn

Choosing an urn

Since most people are not in the market for urns on a daily basis, it can be very hard to even get started. Sometimes there are more questions than answers and with the emotional turmoil, this only adds more stress. Here are some tips.

  1. Keep in mind that you are free to use any container you like
  2. Determine the size of urn you need
  3. Decide where the urn will be kept
  4. Decide what type of material you would like
  5. Decide what design, theme, or style you would like
  6. Other considerations: Scattering, sharing, traveling, lasting

Choosing a cremation urn for your loved one

How to Choose a Cremation Urn

1. REMEMBER: ANYTHING GOES

MAIN POINT: You are free to choose and use any container you like, and you are not required to purchase an urn from the funeral home or crematorium.

First off, you can legally keep the remains in almost any container you would like. People have used vases for centuries and recently we have heard the stories of coffee cans, ziploc bags, mason jars, and more. You can modify a violin, a guitar, or a brewing barrel to make an urn if you so pleased. You are not required to purchase an urn from the funeral home, or from anyone else.

There may be some restrictions based on what you intend to do with the urn; for instance, burial in a cemetery requires that the urn either be a vault-style urn, or that the urn be placed inside a burial vault designed for holding an urn. But if you’re keeping the urn at home, anything goes.

2. DETERMINE URN SIZE

MAIN POINT: Generally cremated remains will take up about 160-220 cubic inches of space. Most cremation urns have a capacity of 200 cubic inches.

The basic rule of thumb is that each pound of the person’s body weight will require one cubic inch of space for the ashes. In other words, 1lbs body weight = 1 cubic inch of remains. For example, if someone weighed 185 lbs, the resulting ashes will generally be about 185 cubic inches.

Most cremation urns you’ll find will be standard sized 200 cubic inch “adult” urns. There are also smaller versions known as keepsake urns, and double-sized ones at 400 cubic inches called companion urns. We’ve helpfully tagged all our urns that hold larger-than-average volume as large capacity items.

To calculate with a little more certainty and determine the size urn you need, we have the ultimate resource to help you answer this very question here: What size urn should I get?

3. DECIDE WHERE THE URN WILL GO

MAIN POINT: If the urn will go in your home, choose an urn that is beautiful and represents your loved one in a special way. If it will go in a niche or be buried, you may want to choose something a little simpler and more affordable.

The next main question is – Where will this urn be kept? If you plan on keeping the urn in your home then you have more freedom in the choice than if you want to place it in a niche at a cemetery. Many niches are 11″ x 11″ x 11″. which limits your choice to a cremation urn under 11″ in all directions, so the converted-violin-urn idea is out of the question unless you build a miniature violin.

If you plan on burying the urn in the cemetery, you’ll want to choose something simple, affordable, and durable. Marble urn vaults can generally be buried, and you won’t be required to purchase a protective outer shell vault, since the marble urn won’t biodegrade (as wood urns will) or be crushed by the weight of the ground (as ceramic or metal urns can be).

Or perhaps you’d like the urn to go in a niche with a glass door, so that you can still see the urn. In that case you’ll probably want something that looks nice yet still fits within the confines of the niche – usually something rectangular is ideal, such as a wood cremation urn, perhaps one with an inlay art design.

For display in your home, you’ll want to choose a cremation urn that looks beautiful, reminds you of your loved one, and makes sense with your finances. When keeping the urn in the home some people don’t want to draw attention to the urn as an urn. This is where the design can fool people. Many of our urns have been mistaken as jewelry chests others we offer are actually clocks. There are countless options available, so read on for further considerations.

4. DECIDE ON THE URN’S MATERIAL

MAIN POINT: Common materials for cremation urns include wood, metal, stone, ceramic, and a variety of eco-friendly materials.

Where you keep the urn will determine what type of materials you can choose from. You certainly do not want to place a biodegradable sand urn in a niche, and you probably won’t want to bury a custom made decorative ceramic art urn.

Another factor is personal choice. Some people prefer brass or granite while others love the richness of walnut wood. This is a personal choice which is sometimes chosen in advance by the deceased, or an easy choice based on a known preference. Let the urn be something that represents your loved one to you, don’t let the salesman sway you by trying to convince you to buy a thousand dollar urn because “he would’ve wanted the quality”, but instead find the most fitting urn to remember them by.

This leads us to the next point…

5. CHOOSE THE THEME OR STYLE

MAIN POINT: Popular themes include fishing, flowers, military service, dragonflies, “Together Again“, personalized photo engraving, and more.

Just about any theme imagineable has been made into a cremation urn. From popular film and TV characters to sports teams, angels to zebra-stripes, simple silk slip covers to ornate replicas of an ancient Han tomb, you can find just about anything and everything for your loved one. Colors, wood types, shapes, nature themes, religious themes, music themes, and more.

6. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Here are some links to other important considerations when choosing an urn:

One last question that comes up often is “how long will the urn last?”

  • If you are keeping the urn in your home, than how long will similar items last? If it is wood, how long does your hardwood furniture last? How old is that antique that has been handed down for generations? The hardwood urns are built from the same wood as those antiques and with the same high quality finishes that are used on cabinets and furniture sold today.
  • If you plan on burying the urn, most cemeteries will require a burial vault that can be sealed and are made from high grade polymers or metals.
  • For those who will place in a niche within a mortuary, the conditions are usually that which are dry enough and sealed to protect wood or metals from corrosion and rot.

I hope that this will help you in deciding what cremation urn will work best, but always keep in mind that it is your choice. Don’t let anyone make you choose some old ugly looking urn because that is all the crematorium offers. Also, keep things within a budget, by not being forced, even if it is merely by guilt, to buy something that can’t be afforded.

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How to Open an Urn

Sharing Keepsake Urns

In this article we are going to show you how to open an urn.

The one question we have been asked most over the years is “how do you open the urn?” Most of our cremation urn product pages will display (albeit at the bottom) information to the effect that the urn opens with 4 screws from the bottom. That is how most wood cremation urns are opened.

However, since many people don’t read all the way down to the bottom of the page, they don’t always see the information and would thus call us up and ask.

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