16 Types of Small Keepsake Urns for Ashes


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Are you going to be sharing cremains among several family members? Perhaps you may have a small niche in your home where you can place an urn for a memorial. No matter what the reason or need, small urns make it easier to share cremains and also keep your deceased loved one’s ashes nearby. 

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Worried that small urns will get lost in your home decor, fade into the background, or take away from the uniqueness of the person or pet you’re trying to remember? Though small, these urns can be as unique and personalized as the people and pets we love. These urns are also helpful if you’re worried about how much an urn costs.

They may also be priced less than full-sized urns and can be cost-efficient if you’re purchasing multiples for family members.

Tip: If you're looking for something very unique (think a favorite hobby, their beloved car, or instrument of choice), you can custom order an urn from a store like Foreverence. You submit a design idea or sketch, then the company designs and 3D prints your urn, so you get a 100% unique container.

Small Urns for Dad or Grandpa

Urns for your dad or grandfather should be just as special as they were. Choose a unique urn that brings back memories of them or hobbies they loved while keeping them close to your home and your heart.

1. Companion urn

Oftentimes, a burial urn has a miniature or smaller look-alike urn called a “companion” urn. This much smaller urn looks exactly like the one used to bury dad or grandpa but can be used to hold a small amount of ashes to keep them close.

If you’re choosing to keep the burial urn in a niche or cemetery, consider purchasing the companion urn to keep your dad or grandfather close to you at home.

2. Camouflage urn

If your dad or grandfather was into hunting, fishing, or the outdoor world, consider getting a small camouflage print urn. There’s nothing that speaks to a hunter quite like this worn patterned fabric. Personalized it with their name or a memorable quote on the side.

3. Golf ball urn

For dads or grandfathers who loved a good game of golf, get a golf ball urn inscribed with their name. These urns can sit atop a wooden tee or a mini fairway and are small enough that multiples can be purchased to share cremains among multiple family members.

4. Fisherman urn

If your dad or grandfather was an avid fisherman, this urn is perfect to remember them by. There are several types of fisherman urns. One urn is made of a small wooden box that has a figurine on top of a man fishing in a boat.

Another urn type is a figurine of a fish ready to take the bait. While the wood box looks more like an urn, the mini fish urn would fit in on a memorial shelf or a bookcase without drawing attention to its use.

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Small Urns for Mom or Grandma

There are many types of creative urns that can be used to represent the lives of loved ones we’ve lost. When sharing cremains among family members, or splitting cremains between a burial urn and a keepsake urn, a smaller urn can be beneficial.

Thankfully, the types of urns available are as unique as the loved ones we’ve lost. Here are a few we think you might enjoy if you’re wondering what to do with cremation ashes.

5. Night light urn

If the idea of a lamp urn appeals to you but you need something smaller, or an urn that can be given to multiple people, a night light urn might fit your needs. This urn is made out of blown glass and has cremains infused within the glass itself.

Each night when the light clicks on, you can be reminded of the person you loved and envision feeling their light, warmth, and love as it fills a room.

6. Flower vase urn

This urn represents the beauty and grace that our mothers and grandmothers exude. A flower vase urn comes in two parts. The bottom half of the urn is a separate compartment that can hold a portion of cremains. In the middle, there is a wooden disk that can be personalized with the name of your loved one. 

The top half of the urn is a second compartment that can be used to hold water and flowers. Neither part of the vase touches the other, and the cremains are sealed away from any type of exposure. This is a beautiful way to remember the gentleness, kindness, beauty, and loving touch of your mom or grandma.

7. Suncatcher with pendant urn

For a truly unique urn, consider a glass suncatcher. There are two types of suncatcher urns available. One urn is made from hand-blown glass with cremains infused into the glass itself, not unlike the night light urn mentioned before.

The other is also made of glass but has a small pendant at the bottom of the suncatcher which dangles and holds the ashes. The pendant is sealed to keep the small amount of cremains safe. Either idea may offer a delicate tribute that can be hung anywhere from a tree in your garden to your porch or kitchen window.

8. Heart keepsake urn

If you want something simple yet sweet, consider a keepsake-sized heart urn. These are made out of numerous materials from marble to wood and can be personalized. Heart urns are ideal for sharing cremains and placing on a shelf, mantle, or dresser.

Small Urns for Pet Cremains

Many pets require only minimal space after cremation. For small dogs and all cats, birds, rabbits, and other small creatures, you’ll want a small urn to house their cremains. These urns below give you the opportunity to personalize their final resting place and keep them close to you.

9. Paw print mini urn

This type of urn looks identical to a large urn but is small enough to share pet cremains. It has paw prints on the face of the urn and can be personalized to include your pet’s name and the dates they lived. 

10. Small pet urn with picture

Most pets may only need a small-sized urn, but these don’t have to feel impersonal. Choose an urn like this one that is just large enough to include a picture of your furry friend on the side as a tribute to your beloved pet. 

11. Wooden box pet urn

These urns can be personalized and customized according to your wishes. Choose to have your pet’s name and dates, a quote about them, or even their picture placed on the box.

If you have a print of your pet’s paw, this sweet memory could also be placed upon the box as a reminder of their presence in your life. Some artists can even wood burn a picture of your pet onto the box if you want a more natural look to the urn.

12. Ceramic pet urn

Even small urns can be uniquely personalized for your furry friend. Consider a small ceramic pet urn with a wooden top. Add a ceramic dog bone to the lid for a pooch or a fish or paw to the top for a cat.

Their name and dates lived can also be engraved on the lid. Ceramic urns can blend in with household decor and provide a continual reminder of your furry friend in a low-key way.

Other Small Urn Ideas

If you’re looking for things to do with ashes that aren’t expensive, these suggestions may have the answer for you. Consider these ideas for keepsake urns for other members of the family that haven’t been mentioned yet or for friends you are particularly close to.

13. Mini personalized urn

Mini urns have grown in popularity due to their size and the ability to share cremains among multiple family members.

Mini urns can be an exact replica of their full-sized counterparts or entirely different. They can be made out of metal, ceramic, or wood. Though small, they can be customized for design and color, and personalized with the name of your loved one.

14. Small wood box urn

Small wooden box urns are popular for their ability to be completely personalized. Have the name engraved or a picture burnt onto the top.

Inscribe anything from Nordic runes and Celtic knot symbols to flowers or designs reminiscent of your loved one on the top or around the sides of the box.

15. Wall-mounted plaque urn

If you’re tight on space but want a way to remember your loved one, consider a plaque urn. These are three-dimensional plaques with the front bearing tribute to your loved one with an inscription, etching, or their picture. The rest of the plaque forms a narrow box where a portion of ashes can be stored.

16. Wooden book urn

For family members who loved all things written, a book urn could be a fitting tribute to their memory.

These urns hold a portion of a person’s cremains and can be placed prominently on a bookshelf, mantle, or memorial niche. Wooden book urns can be personalized with words, quotes, and pictures.

Small Urns to Remember The Big Impact of Loved Ones

Small urns can be a perfect way to keep a loved one’s presence near you. Remember that it’s not the size of the urn that’s important, but how the urn makes you feel when you look at it.

Pick one that best represents your deceased loved one and helps you to remember the good times you had together.

Another beautiful option for keeping a loved one's memory alive is a memorial diamond created from ashes. Some companies, like Eterneva, create lab-grown diamonds and allow you to pick from several cuts and colors for your gemstone.


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