Halloween Crafts Made From Insulin Pump Supplies

Type 1 diabetes management seems to create quite a bit of garbage. Why let it all go to waste? For this Halloween craft, we use discarded insulin pump supplies to create adorable bats, ghosts, and Frankensteins to decorate the house in October. Grab those used pods, cover your work surface, and get your diabetes craft on!

What You'll Need

  • Pods from tubeless insulin pumps
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Scissors
  • Plastic cups or the trays that pump pods are packaged in
  • Clear tape
  • Craft glue
  • Black paint pen or marker
  • Acrylic paint in white, black, and green
  • Adhesive-backed felt in white and black
  • Glittery foam sheet in black
  • Googly eyes
  • Bat-shaped cookie cutter (optional)
  • Thin ribbon in white, black, and green
  • Foam paint brushes
  • Small suction cups

How To Make It

  1. Prep the pods by removing the adhesive backing, snipping the cannula with scissors, and removing any residue with an alcohol swab.

  2. Pour a small amount of acrylic paint into plastic cups or the tray from the pod package. Using a foam brush, paint the rounded surface white for ghosts, black for bats, and green for Frankenstein. (Also paint the flat underside green for Frankenstein). Add additional paint coats as necessary.

  3. Apply googly eyes to each pod. For the ghosts, draw a mouth with the paint pen or marker, followed by a wavy line at the bottom of the pod. For Frankenstein, draw on the hair, mouth, and some scars.

  4. To create the bat’s wings, trace the shape of the wings onto the back of the black glittery foam sheet using the cookie cutter as a template (or draw them freehand) and cut out with scissors.

  5. Cut 4- to 6-inch lengths of coordinating ribbon. Creating a loop and using a small piece of clear tape, attach the ribbon loop to the top of the back (flat) side of the ghosts and bats. For Frankenstein, attach the ribbon to the rounded side, which will be the back.

  6. Trace the pod onto the paper side of the white adhesive-backed felt for the ghosts. Cut out the shape and place on the back of the pod, covering the ribbon loop to secure it.

  7. For the bats, apply craft glue to the back (flat) side of the pod and then center the pod on the bat wings so that you can see the glittery side, making sure that the ribbon loop extends at the top.

  8. Optionally, for Frankenstein, you can use a piece of black adhesive-backed felt to help secure the ribbon loop.

  9. Hang the decorations on a mirror or window using the small suction cups.

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.