Make a Hula Hoop

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Make a Hula Hoop
Total Time afternoon or evening Ages tween

Sure, you could just buy a conventional hula hoop at the mall, but for a colorful, durable hoop with a customized fit, it's better (and more fun) to make your own.

What you'll need

  • 7-foot, 4-inch length of 100 psi 3/4-inch polyethylene irrigation tubing*
  • Very hot tap water in a bowl or bucket
  • 3/4-inch pipe coupling
  • Funnel
  • 1 cup plastic beads
  • Electrical tape in assorted colors
  • This length of tubing will make a 28-inch-diameter hula hoop. For a 24-inch hoop, use a 6-foot, 4-inch; for a 36-inch hoop, use a 9-foot, 6-inch. A hacksaw works well to cut the tubing. You can buy irrigation tubing at hardware stores and home centers.

How to make it

  1. Make a Hula Hoop - Step 1

    Soften one end of the tubing by soaking it in very hot tap water for two minutes.

  2. Make a Hula Hoop - Step 2

    Slide the heated end of the tubing over the coupling until it reaches the midpoint line.

  3. Make a Hula Hoop - Step 3

    Soak the other end of the tubing in the hot water. Before the tubing cools, use a funnel to quickly pour the plastic beads into the coupling-end of the tubing.

  4. Make a Hula Hoop - Step 4

    Immediately slide the bare end of the tubing onto the coupling so that the two ends meet.

  5. Make a Hula Hoop - Step 5

    Wrap the seam with a couple of layers of colored tape to seal it. Decorate your hoop by wrapping it with contrasting colors of tape. Wrap each color at a different angle for a woven look.

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