Vial Potions

This Halloween, turn those empty insulin vials into creepy-cool potions bottles for party decorations! Here’s how to make them.

What You'll Need

  • 6 to 12 empty insulin vials
  • Safety glasses
  • Protective gloves
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Potion “ingredients” of choice (see instructions)
  • Small craft corks (available at craft stores)
  • Clear printable return address labels (small size)
  • Inkjet printer or permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • 5x11mm screw eyes (available at craft stores)
  • Necklace chains (available at craft stores)

How To Make It

  1. Remove vial labels.

    Peel off the outer wrapping from the insulin vials.

  2. Peel off vial caps.

    Wearing safety glasses and protective gloves, use pliers to remove the caps from the vials. Grip the cap with the pliers and gently squeeze, crimping the sides of the cap. If necessary, rotate the vial a quarter turn and crimp the cap again. Then grab an edge of the cap with the pliers and peel it off of the vial. Lift out the rubber stopper that’s underneath the cap with your fingers.

  3. Clean out the vials with soap and water and dry thoroughly.

  4. Carefully insert potion materials into the vials. Pictured: Spider Legs are black pipe cleaners. Frog Eyes are mini green craft poms. Vampire Supply is water with red food coloring. Dragon Breath is polyester fiber fill. Worm Wort is rubber worms. Zombie Brain is small pieces of uncooked spiral pasta. Snake Venom is green slime. Swamp Monster Moss is crafting moss.

  5. Place a cork into the top of each vial.

  6. Use a computer and printer to create a label for each potion, or write on the labels with permanent marker. With scissors, trim the labels to just a small square or circle around the text and stick onto the vials.

  7. To make potion necklaces, twist a screw eye into the top of each cork and thread a necklace through the eyelet.

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.