DIY Hula Hoop

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I’ve been interested in Hula-Hooping for a long time. I used to be one of those people who could Hula-Hoop nonstop. After missing Hula-Hooping, I decided I needed one again and wanted to make one. Not only is Hula-Hooping fun it’s a great way to exercise.

What you’ll need

  • Irrigation piping/poly tubing – This is the stuff that is used for making underground sprinkler systems. This can be found in the garden center at a hardware store. The tubing usually comes in 100-foot rolls with sizes of 80 -160 psi. The larger the number the heavier your Hula-Hoop will be.

  • Coupling/connectors – Make sure they match the opening of your tube. I used a coupling, which had plastic knobs sticking out that I cut off with a knife so the tubing could close completely.

  • Ratcheting PVC cutter – This makes it easier to cut the tubing.

  • Colorful tape – Duct tape, prism tape and electrical tape all are great for this.

  • A pot with boiling water.

What to do

  1. Cut the tubing to the size you would like your hoop to be. The hoop I made was 9.5 feet but between 9 to 11 feet would work well for an adult.

  2. Dip the ends of your tubing into boiling water. Putting heat on the tubing allows it to expand and will make it easy to put your connectors into the tubing. You should only dip the ends for 10 to 15 seconds and then slide the connector in to connect the tubing and make a hoop. Once the tubing cools it will tighten onto the connectors.

  3. Take a little bit of duct tape and place it over the connection to help the seal. I used black duct tape to make it blend in better.

  4. Now it’s time for the fun part – tape! You will want to start with prism tape or duct tape first. Angle the tape using your thumb as you are going to smooth out any creases.

  5. Next add your electrical tape and wrap it around the edges of the prism or duct tape. You are doing this because the duct tape tends to get sticky on its edges and prism tape doesn’t seem to stick as well after long periods of time. The electrical tape will keep it all in place and make it look nice.

  6. Once you have all the tape on you are done!

Enjoy and have fun. If you would like your hoop to make noise you can add rice or dried beans before connecting it together.


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