DIY Infusion Site Stickers

Here’s a diabetes craft project courtesy of Amy O., founder of the blog Naturally Sweet Sisters. Amy knows a thing or two about diabetes, as both her daughters have type 1. (Reece, her oldest, was diagnosed at age 8, and Olivia was diagnosed at age 3.) “We quickly realized that spending time together as a family while doing crafts kept our spirits high, especially when dealing with the tedium of type 1,” she says. “After all, everything from diabetes log books to insulin infusion sites looks better with a little extra sparkle. I knew we were doing something right when our 6-year-old neighbor told her mom that she wished she had type 1 diabetes too!” Follow these step-by-step instructions to make site changes a little more fun.

What You'll Need

  • Old infusion set with adhesive still intact
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Rhinestones
  • IV3000 tape
  • Scissors
  • Pencil for tracing

How To Make It

  1. Choose a fun piece of any kind of scrapbook paper, like one patterned with favorite sports equipment, cute rubber duckies or a pretty plaid. Trace the shape of the adhesive tape from an old infusion site onto the scrapbook paper.

  2. DIY Infusion Site Stickers: Step 2

    Cut out the center shape of the plastic cannula attachment. (This will allow the paper to be placed over the infusion site.) Try the paper on an old site and trim if necessary to make it fit. Next, cut a hole in a piece of IV3000 clear sticky tape to place over the plastic cannula attachment.

  3. Place and inject the new site. (Your child may want to choose a more prominent spot for it, like his or her arm, to show off the artwork.)

  4. Place the scrapbook paper cut-out over the infusion site. Add a rhinestone if you’d like. Then place the IV3000 clear sticky tape over the entire site and the scrapbook paper. Smooth the tape down over the paper and reconnect the insulin pump. The tape will hold everything on for at least one or two days. (It’s not waterproof, however, so do this project after showering and take it off if it gets wet.)

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.