Spooky sPODers and PUMP-kins

by Leighann on October 15, 2010


Pump-kins and SPODersLast year we were inspired to create tree ornaments using deactivated OmniPods. (Read Holiday Decorating With Medical Waste for images and a tutorial.)

I had a sudden flash of inspiration as we were counting out 50 used pods to be placed in our Eco-Pod recycling package. You only recycle 50 pods at a time and we had over 60. Why not create some Halloween decorations with the remaining baker’s dozen?

A quick trip to the craft store and I had everything we needed. Following the same general steps as we did with our tree ornaments, I had a prototype in no time.

The result? Spooky sPODers and PUMP-kins.


  • Used pods
  • Acrylic paint (black for spiders, orange for pumpkins)
  • Small foam paint brushes
  • Adhesive-backed felt
  • Thin ribbon (black for spiders, green for pumpkins), optional
  • Googly eyes
  • Sharpie or paint marker
  • Pompoms (black for spiders), optional


  1. Prep the pods by removing the adhesive pad, snipping cannula, and wiping with alcohol if the surface is not clean (we use baby oil during removal and it makes them slick).
  2. Trace the pods onto adhesive backed felt and cut out. (Save for step 8.)
  3. Apply two coats of acrylic paint using the foam brushes, letting them dry between coats.
  4. Cut equal lengths of ribbon if you want your decorations to have hangers.
  5. Loop the ribbon and attach to the back of the pod, securing with a piece of tape.
  6. For the spiders, attach lengths of pipe cleaners using tape.
  7. For the pumpkins, attach a small piece of green pipe cleaner at the  top for the stem using tape.
  8. Remove backing and place felt on the back of the pod covering the ribbon loop and legs.
  9. For the spiders, glue eyes near the top of the pod where the window is. Optionally, glue a large black pompom for the spider’s body.
  10. For the pumpkins, use a Sharpie to draw the facial features and vertical lines if desired.

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If you included the ribbon hanger on the decorations, you can hang them on windows using small suction cups or create a Halloween tree using a small Christmas tree.

Insulet should hire me as Director of Crafting Creativity!

If you make these decorations, please share them with us. Include a link to your blog post in the comments. Additionally, send a photo to leighann (at) d-mom (dot) com and I will create a gallery of Halloween Pod Awesomeness. And if you blog about it, please link back to this tutorial. Much appreciated!

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 AmyK October 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Oh my, how cute are these?! I may have to scour eBay for used pods 😉


2 Leighann October 15, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I’m sure an OmniPodder near you would gladly give up their stash!


3 Wendy October 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm

ha ha ha ha ha!!!!! That is SO CUTE! I’m so NOT crafty….but maybe I could pull one of these off 🙂 Great job! They’re awesome!


4 Leighann October 15, 2010 at 8:36 pm

They were pretty easy. If you look at the Christmas ornaments, you could do them even easier I think, decorating with stickers.


5 Lee Ann Thill October 15, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I LOVE these!! Fantastic, Leighann 🙂


6 Leighann October 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm

First Christmas ornaments, now Halloween decorations. I think I need to start thinking about turkeys next!


7 dayle October 15, 2010 at 9:03 pm

28 isn’t too old to do this, is it? No, I don’t think so! I have tons of extra pods laying around, so why not? Great idea, fantastic photos, too! Thanks for sharing!


8 Leighann October 16, 2010 at 7:46 am

You’re never too old to decorate for Halloween! And what else are you going to do with those used pods? 🙂


9 Cherise October 16, 2010 at 6:28 am

Going to the craft store this weekend!! Awesome!


10 Leighann October 16, 2010 at 7:45 am

I hope you and N have fun making them 🙂

I bought the brand of paint that was on sale for 50 cents, same with the ribbon.


11 Heidi October 16, 2010 at 9:01 am

Very cute-I want to try some of them!


12 Lani October 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Our orange and black pods are drying at the moment! Can’t wait to get the other supplies tomorrow to finish these! I showed Taylar and she was like, “Oh cute! Waaaaaaittt, is that a pod??”


13 Sherry October 17, 2010 at 12:38 am

This is so clever!! Kinda wish Jenna used Omnipods if for no other reason than the crafting possibilities. LOL!!! (I hope her Ping didn’t hear me say that. Shhh!) Love this Leighann!


14 Nicole October 18, 2010 at 11:31 am

How cute and what a wonderful idea!!


15 erica October 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm

This is such a creative and adorable idea! I can’t even tell what they were originally–you could sell them on Etsy


16 Kerry October 28, 2010 at 11:31 am

Awesome idea! I am so excited to show this to my daughter and see what we can come up with for Christmas with our used pods. Thanks!


17 Leighann October 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Here’s what we did for Christmas: http://www.d-mom.com/holiday-decorating-medical-waste/

The possibilities are endless 🙂


18 Lani November 12, 2010 at 7:20 am

Finally got around to posting ours on November 8! Better late than never. We had fun.



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