Today, I’m sharing how to recycle a broken urn. Just because a piece has a broken section 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.
Now let’s see how easy it is to recycle a broken urn. I did find 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
Step 1: Add Spackle Tape to the Edge to Begin to Repair this Piece
Before I begin, I want 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 edge.
After the tape, using a chip brush I add joint compound.
This is the beginning I’m fixing this cracked urn. Brushing also seemed to be the best way to apply joint compound to the tape for this easy repair.
I also did a light coat of joint compound the on the entire top. This helps to blend the section I’m fixing to be less noticeable.
After the joint compound dries, using a sanding sponge I sand this area smooth.
Next step, I paint the joint compound ASCP French Linen to blend with the color of this piece. I also add some in spots on the rest of my upcycle project. Let paint dry.
Next Step on How to Fix an Urn
After the paint dries, I apply Miss Mustard Seed white wax. This link takes you to Amazon. I also did find an alternative which is less expensive.
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 moons 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.
Applying Miss Mustard Seed White Wax to My Upcycle Project
Step 2: Adding the White Wax to the Recycle Project
First off, this wax is great to work with and applies like a dream. Because this is a wax, I still apply this in small sections. Also, this product is 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 decide the size brush to use. For example, recycling this broken urn is a small project. So, a larger stencil brush to apply my wax works extremely well.
After applying the wax, I make sure to rub the wax into the urn well. It’s also important to use lint free rags and these from Home Depot always is my craft supplies. I use these rags for all my painting projects. They are the best, economical and completely lint free.
By the way when waxing any object, it’s especially important to rub the wax well. This prevents the wax from becoming sticky.
Continuing Miss Mustard Seed White Wax
Continuing to Add the White Wax
I also continue this process until broken urn has the look I want and blends well. 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 to this upcycle.
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. Again, this prevents this update from being tacky. It will cure after ten days and protect this piece.
Wax specifically, doesn’t work well with water. It will break it down. So, if water will be touching the piece applying a clear matte finish of Mod Podge spray matte spray from Michaels is my go too. I especially like this spray because it’s not only matte, but I have used these many times for accessories. It has always worked for protection. Specifically, because I dust my home with a barely damp microfiber cloth.
Lastly, Why French Linen Paint is my Choice for this Repair Project
Step 3: The Reason I Use French Linen Paint with White Wax
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.
Besides using Annie Sloan French Linen Paint with white wax this colorwork well with white paint. Why? Because adding a wash of white craft or chalk paint for instance give the same result. Resembling concrete.
What Do I Mean Above Regarding a Wash of White Paint
Tip: Add water to the chalk paint to make it wet. Then using a paint brush apply to the project you’re working on and blend well with a rag and let the furniture or project dry well.
Tip 2: Once this process is applied it’s particularly important to let it dry and not add more paint. More may be added once the first application is dry.
How to Recycle a Broken Urn and Adding a Pansy
Step 4: Adding a Pansy or any Live Plant
As you can see, did add a Pansy to the fixed urn.
Finally, because this urn has no drainage holes, I add a brown plastic garbage bag to the bottom. Next, I added a layer of rocks to prevent root rot from water.
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So, what do you think about recycle a broken urn? Don’t you think it’s worth the minimal time it took?