Pod Projects

More than just art!  

Nate wears the OmniPod Insulin pump to keep him alive.  The OmniPod is filled with 80-units of insulin and Nate wears it for 3-days at a time.  After 3-days the pod is removed turned into art or recycled and a new pod is placed. For a wonderful review of the OmniPod Insulin Pump please click here to visit This is Caleb.  The review is written by Lorraine, Caleb's mom and it is the best review I've read.  :)

A lot of people that are not familiar with diabetes and pumping think that Nate's pod works like a patch.  Although it does stick to his skin there is also a very LARGE needle inside that inserts a cannula (a small flexible tube inserted into a body cavity) that delivers insulin all day (basal) and more as needed to cover the carbohydrates he eats throughout the day (bolus).

Looking for something to do with all of your old pods?  

Check out these ideas . . .

You can recycle them:

OmniPod Pod Recycling

What do you do with 50 old pods lying around the house?

After the children are done playing with them . . . you recycle them!!!

It's easy peasy --- so easy that a 4 and 6 year old can do it!!  Ok - I drove them to the FedEx store but they did the rest!

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!!

The Houston Family - - - Saving the Earth one pod at a time!!!

You could make ornaments:

Team Super Nate's Pod Project (OmniPod)

If you remember back in June I posted about the Houston family saving the world one pod at a time.  I posted about the OmniPod recycling program and had pictures of the kiddos playing with the pods before we sent them off for recycling.  Ringing any bells?

Anywho - - - clearly I've been inspired by Lee Ann over at The Butter Compartment and her diabetes art because the kids and I went POD CRAZY!!

I know that we are not the 1st or only family to decorate their OmniPods or make art from their diabetes supplies but my girls think we are so . . . shhhh!  Don't tell them that their idea was not original.

Last weekend we decided to make Christmas ornaments from Nate's old pods instead of sending them in for recycling.  We planed on decorating maybe 5 each but before I knew it we were having so much fun we had decorated almost all of them.  I haven't counted them all but I am guessing there's are close to 100 decorated pods in my house right now.

They turned out REALLY cute - if I do say so myself.

My little artists decorating pods . . .

A table full of OrnaPods . . .

Some of the final products . . .

I'm so sad that my camera was acting up today - some pictures came out blurry so I tried to retake them tonight and there is just no good light in my house --- they really turned out much cuter than the pictures make them out to be.

And here is our OrnaPod Tree in the playroom . . .

And it all started with a bucket of pods . . .

So, what to do - what to do with 100 +/- OrnaPods . . .

I thought about selling them for $1 each - all proceeds to go to Team Super Nate (JDRF Walk Team) but how many non-d peeps would really want to hang used life-saving medical equipment from their Christmas tree?   Pods for the Cure!?!?!

Or offer them for free to my sweet friends in the DOC - anyone want a custom made OrnaPod?  No worries - the girls wiped each and every one down with alcohol wipes so even if it was attached to Nate's bum please know the only trace you will find is the faint smell of insulin.  :)


Or there is always magnets:

More OmniPod Projects - Someone Please stop me!

Oh yea - I've been at it again . . . More Pod Projects for your viewing pleasure!

I believe it was my lovely friend, Alexis that gave me the idea to make magnets out of the pods . . . So . . . magnets we made . . .

They would be SUPER cute on the fridge!  Ours just doesn't happen to accommodate magnets --- so the filing cabinet works too!!


12.  (4/19/11) Jill from Diabetes Sweeties sent us some superdy duperdy cute crafts to decorate pods with so the girls and I got to work this evening after dinner (& homework).  We also made some super cute Easter Pod magnets for Easter table favors. Love D-Mom, Jill.  Thankful. Fun. Cute. Quality time with the girls.

From Jill - Such a Sweetie!!

Jill sent this super cute faces for the pods!! LOVE!

Painting Pods is a messy job with a 5 and 7 year old.  :)

Turned out pretty cute - right?

I think we are ready for Easter!

Just a Mom

I am NOT a doctor, nor do I play one on this blog.

I AM a wife.
I AM the mom of 3 wonderful children.
I AM my son's pancreas.

The information provided on this blog is from our personal experiences with Type 1 diabetes. Because something works for us does not mean it will work for you.

Please consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your health care options.

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