How To Recycle A Broken Urn

Today, I’m sharing how to recycle a broken urn. Because a piece has a broken piece off the edge, don’t throw it in the trash. Here I will share steps to fix the broken edge.

By the way, if you have been following Cloches & Lavender for any time, you know I love to recycle.   As an example, this cabinet needed some love.  Because it still works with my French Country home, I used chalk paint making it petty again.

Besides the cabinet project, I also have a collection of antique tea cups and saucers.  Not a tea drinker like me?  After some thinking I show how to make a plate wreath

Now, back to how to recycle a broken urn.  I found this urn thrifting some time ago, and I have used in our home before.  However, I was tired of hiding the broken side.  So, it was time to fix the broken edge.

Let’s Take A Look And See How To Recycle A Broken Urn

Before I begin, I wanted to mention, this urn is made of resin of some sort. So I feel this is the best and easiest solution.

First, a piece of spackle tape is added to give a base to the urn. After the tape, using a chip brush I add joint compound. This is the beginning how to recycle a broken urn. Brushing also seemed to be the best way to apply joint compound to the tape.

I also did a light coat of joint compound the entire top. This helped with blending.

After the joint compound dries, using a sanding sponge I sand smooth.

Next step, I painted the joint compound ASCP French Linen to blend. I also added some in spots on the rest of how to recycle a broken urn. Unfortunately, I forgot a photo of this step. I don’t think it affects this project being done. Let paint dry.

By the way,  you can buy ASCP French Linen here.  If you would like a less expensive chalk paint for a repair this is a good one to choose.

Next Step On How To An Urn

After the paint dries, I apply Miss Mustard Seed white wax.  This link takes you to Amazon.  Because they are getting low on their supply you may also buy it HERE.

By the way, I highly recommend adding Miss Mustard Seed white wax to your supplies.  I have used this product many times.  As an example, I have used this to add age to a basket to add a French look.  I have also added this to a wood tray many moon ago.  It gave it an instant weathered look.  Also using this on furniture is an amazing option.  Also, as I mentioned Amazon is almost sold out and while there I bought more.  Because I’m running low and I must have this in my supplies.

How To Recycle A Broken Urn And Applying Miss Mustard Seed White Wax

First off, this wax is great to work with and applies like a dream.  Because this is a wax, I still apply this in smaller amounts.  I do tend to go a bit larger when applying Miss Mustard Seed wax.   Also, it’s smooth and spreads easily and is why you can apply it in larger sections.

Before, applying my wax, depending on the size of my project, is when I decided the size brush I use.  For example, how to recycle a broken urn is a small project.  So, I chose a larger stencil brush to apply my wax.  

After applying the wax, I make sure to rub the wax into the urn well.  It’s also important to use these rags from Home Depot.  I use these rags for all my painting projects.  They are the best, economical and completely lint free.

Continuing Miss Mustard Seed White Wax

I also continue this process until how to recycle a broken urn has the look I want.  After I reach the look I am happy with, I also lightly apply the leftover wax to the urn edges.  This adds a bit more detail.

As a rule, it’s important to rub the white wax into how to recycle a broken urn well.  This will bring the chalk paint out.  Also, will prevent wax from becoming a bit tacky.  It sill cure after ten days to protect this piece.

Wax specifically, doesn’t work well with water.  It will break it down.  So, if water will touching the piece applying a clear matte finish of Mod Podge spray matte spray from Michael’s is my go too.  I especially like this spray because it’s not only matte but I have used this many time for accessories.  It has always worked for protection.  Specifically because I dust my home with a barely damp microfiber cloth.

Lastly, For How To Recycle A Broken Urn

I particularly enjoy French Linen with the Miss Mustard Seed white wax because this combination gave the urn a concrete appearance.  This is also another reason why buying great products is important.  Also why I strongly recommend them both for your crafting and paint supplies.

How To Recycle a Broken Urn And Adding A Pansy.

As you can see, I added a Pansy we had leftover to the fixed urn.   Finally, we are planting annuals in our yard. As a result, I couldn’t bare to get rid of this one plant.  Because I love these and can’t plant these as perennials, rabbit issues.  I decided to add the plant and place it in front of our great room window.

Finally,  because this urn has no drainage holes I added a brown plastic garbage bag to the bottom.  Next, I added a layer of rocks to prevent root rot from water.

My hope is with the air conditioning on and the amount of light is gets, maybe it will last the entire summer.  I will be beyond thrilled.

So what do you think about how to recycle broken urn?  Don’t you think it’s worth the minimal time it took?

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42 thoughts on “How To Recycle A Broken Urn

  1. Amazing tutorial Cindy! So many of these don’t make it through our harsh winters so this is a post I’ll likely refer to often 🙂

  2. Very pretty, Cindy! I have been scoping out planters like this and concrete or resin they are pricey. I’ve seen some that are broken for lower prices at thrift stores, but always turned away. Now I might go get one and fix it myself! Thanks!

  3. Fixing the urn was a good idea. The price tag for new ones gives me sticker shock! Now I know that If I can find a thrifted one that is broken it can be fixed to look new!

  4. Great tutorial for repairing broken urns. I love urns with a pedestal, so it makes sense to fix a broken one. They can be pricey to purchase. The flowers look lovely in the makeover urn. Happy weekend.

  5. This post is right on time, Cindy! I have a couple of outdoor urns showing wear and tear. I figure they must be nearly thirty years old and have a few cracks here and there. I hate to get rid of them. When we moved from our old home, I gave them to one of my best friends, and after we settled in, I asked for them back! The nerve of me! But she put them in her garage and wasn’t using them! I already have some spackle tape and joint compound and know now how to fix them! Thanks so much!

    1. Use good polyurethane if using outdoors which I’m sure you know.

      We have pots 20 years and I updated them with chalk paint and brand new. They’re expensive now a days

  6. Great tutorial and very handy. I have two small puppies that destroy all mine and I have never thought of repairing them. I will be in the future, pinning for later.

  7. Cindy, your urn turned out beautiful! You would never have known it had been broken. I have a cement angel with a broken wing that I haven’t had the heart to throw away. I am going to try your technique to see if I can make her new again. Thanks so much for the wonderful instructions. Wishing you a happy week ahead, sweet friend!

  8. That is amazing, Cindy! This urn is gorgeous. I love the way you saved it and gave it a new lease on life. I know you’ll be able to use this beautiful piece for years to come. Hugs, CoCo

  9. I would have never thought of repairing that urn this way!! Thanks for the tutorial – I am pinning because I am sure I will use this post in the future!! Thanks!

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