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Creative ideas


Creative Ideas

Many people only start to think creatively once they have actually collected the ashes and brought them home. There are numerous unusual ways in which they can be transformed into a lasting, imaginative memorial or scattered adventurously.

The Internet is a-wash with no end of ideas; a range of choices as big as your imagination. They may not be to everyones taste, but here are a few suggestions.

Please note that most of these options only use a small percentage of the ashes. You will still need to choose somewhere to bury or scatter the rest.

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Photo by Motah on Unsplash

Memorial Jewellery

For those of you who love a bit of bling there are many companies who provide a wide and varied selection of silver and gold jewellery containing a small amount of the cremated remains. With modern technologies it is even possible to create a diamond as a truly lasting memorial.

Memorial Glass

Many glass products can incorporate cremated remains such as paperweights, jewellery, plaques, blown glass, stained glass, vases, an hour glass or wind chimes.

Artificial Coral Reef

For water lovers and environmentalist, cremated remains can be turned into an artificial coral reef thus restoring damaged reefs and provides protection and habitat for ocean critters.

Flower Trail

For the nature lovers amongst you why not mix some cremated remains with wild flower seeds and sprinkle them while out on a favourite walk. Be mindful that the seeds you use should enhance the existing natural habitat and permission should be sought from the landowner.

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Photo by Jimmy Chang on Unsplash

Garden Sculpture

Why not mix the cremated remains with clay or concrete and commission or make a garden sculpture.

Make Something

Mix cremated remains with concrete, be creative and make something like paving slabs that can be engraved.

Memorial Artwork

For those of you who have an artistic flair, cremated remains can be mixed into acrylic paints and used to paint a portrait or a meaningful picture.

Memorial Tattoo

If body art is your thing, some tattoo artists mix cremated remains with their inks to create a permanent memorial tattoo. We advise that you make sure you do your research and be mindful of any potential health risks.


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Firework Display

There are companies that produce fireworks and you can scatter cremated remains with a bang and a beautiful display of light and colour.

Fire them

Cremated remains can be placed into shotgun cartridges or a Scatter Cannon and they can be fired.

Launch them

It is possible to send cremated remains to the stratosphere where they will circle the earth or use a Scatter Cannon that shoots cremated remains around seventy feet into the air.


If you’re not worried about the environmental impact of single use plastics, why not add cremated remains to helium filled balloons and release them, watching them slowly disappear into the heavens.

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Photo by Susan Yin on Unsplash


Turn cremated remains into a bespoke library of specially designed books that hold the ashes safe and secure. There are companies that have book shelves available in some very interesting places.


A small amount of cremated remains can be used to produce a record

Viking Ship

Send the cremated remains on their final journey aboard a flaming Viking ship, a replica model of the real thing that can float out onto a lake.

3D Printers

Your cremated remains container can be highly customized with 3D printing technology.  

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Photo by Rob Wingate on Unsplash


Want to be able to have a hug. There are soft toys with special compartments for storing cremated remains.

Scatter from a height

Why not take a ride in a hot air balloon or light aircraft and while you are high above the ground, take a moment to scatter the created remains, alternatively use a drone or take a sky dive.