While celebrating the winter holidays usually entails carb counting for the sweets and treats at every school, community, and family celebration, here’s one festive activity that requires no diabetes math or extra insulin. Gather up your child’s type 1 diabetes trash and make it into one of these cute ornaments together!

What You’ll Need for the Wreath

  • Used diabetes supplies, such as pods from tubeless insulin pumps
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Scissors
  • Plastic cups (or the trays that the pods are packaged in) to hold paint
  • Foam paint brushes
  • Transparent tape
  • Craft glue
  • Black paint pen or marker
  • Drill
  • 6-inch floral or craft ring
  • Acrylic paint in green
  • Adhesive rhinestones in red
  • Ribbon bow in red

What You’ll Need for the Wreath

  1. Step 1Count the number of pods (or other empty/used diabetes supplies) you will need to cover the surface of the craft ring. For a 6-inch craft ring, we used 9 pods.
  2. Prep the pods by snipping the cannula with scissors, peeling off the adhesive backing, and removing any residue using an alcohol swab. Prep other pump or diabetes supplies in a similar fashion.
  3. Pour green acrylic paint into a plastic cup. Using a foam brush, paint the tops of the pods green (don’t worry about the back). Paint the top and edges of the craft ring green. (It can help to place the ring on a small box from your recycling bin or another elevated surface to make it easier to lift back up when you’re done.) Let the pods and craft ring dry. Add additional coats of paint as necessary to get the coverage you want.
  4. Step 4Once dry, arrange the pods on the craft ring as pictured, leaving a small space in the ring to later drill a hole for hanging. One by one, apply craft glue to the bottom of each pod and place it back onto the ring. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.
  5. Drill a hole near the top of the craft ring. This hole can be used to hang the wreath on a hook or to tie a ribbon through for hanging.
  6. Add the ribbon bow using craft glue. If the bow has a wire, it can be threaded through the drilled hole and taped down in back.
  7. For the final touch, place the red adhesive rhinestones onto the pods.

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.