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Winter is here ! Holydays season quickly coming up and we are all looking for fun beautiful decorations; and because our lives revolve so much around diabetes I thought I should share a fun way to turn you insulin cartridges into festive lights. If you are like me and keep most diabetes trash around in hope of a way to upcycle it you will love doing this.

// xmas lights decoration examples I made for this holiday season

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I was inspired to do this by @alice.in.type.wonderland and @nerdabetic 's dad who turned their insulin bottles into xmas lights and I imagine the process they used is very similar however I am not on a pump yet and all i have is pen cartridges so I decided to make my own version of it.

I believe celebrating diabetes along for the holydays is important to help us build on our relationship with our own chronic illness towards a healthy and happy life ! As always the best way to do that is to take all our daily struggles and turn them upside down by making them beautiful and fun !


So here's what you will need :

// 10 empty insulin cartridges

// 1 x10 LED lights ( don't need to be simple you can swap hearts or globe decorations easily)

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// AA batteries for the lights

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// craft glitter

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// pliers (or strong hands)

// optional - blue/white Tack

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Step 1 - use your 'stronger than me hands' or pliers to remove the plastic tip from your cartridge.

tip: be careful not to break or loose these as you will need them later.

Now depending on the look you are going for steps 2 & 3 are totally optional.