What says “holiday festivities” like insulin bottles fashioned into Christmas lights?  (You’re right – gingerbread cookies would be a little more ho, ho, ho, but stick with me.)  In anticipation of the coming holidays, I’m looking back at a post from two Februaries ago, which went live on Diabetes Art Day but is holiday-relevant, so let’s roll. 

For my arty attempt, I used insulin bottles as my “medium.”  Someone had mentioned you could make Christmas lights out of empty insulin bottles, so i wanted to take a stab at it.  (Hang on … there are even more horrible phrasing moments coming.)

The beginning of this hand-cramping mess.


All I needed:

  • Empty insulin bottles
  • A good, long screw
  • Christmas lights
  • Patience

Okay, so first off, you need to drain all the insulin from the bottle.  I’ve been collecting these bottles for the last few months, so I had some spares that I had injected every last unit of.

To get the white rubber stopper out of the bottle without ruining the cap, insert the sharp end of a two inch long screw into the bottle stopper and push it through.  Then, as you pull it back out, the stopped will start to pull through the top of the bottle.  You’ll need to grab the stopper with your fingers and shimmy it out, which sounds nice and easy, but it made my fingers cramp.  Those stoppers are slippery!

Once the rubber stoppers are out, you shove the light bulb into the top of the bottle and then display as you see fit.  I saw fit to stick them on this big metal tree thing we have on one of our walls.  They look festive, in that “your pancreas is busted” sort of way.

Happy Diabetes Art Day!!

Viola!  (Pronounced “vee-ooh-hahn-geespee.”)  You have insulin bottle lights.  Which means your holidays may smell like bandaids now.

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