How to make Handmade Hula Hoops – a how-to tutorial using poly pipe and electrical tape

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26Jun
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How to make Handmade Hula Hoops for the kids

 

My friend Jo showed me how to make a homemade hula hoop. They are pretty cool, don’t you think?
All you need is some poly pipe from the hardware store, some electrical tape in your favourite colours and something to join the pipe with.

 

For the adult size hula hoop, try using 25mm polypipe.

  • For this size pipe, you can also buy metal connectors to join the pipe into a circle.
  • Flex the pipe around your body to find the perfect size fit for you (somewhere between 2.4 metres- 2.8 metres is pretty good).
  • Push about half of the joiner into one end of the pipe then close the pipe onto the leftover length of joiner.  Seal with electrical tape to keep the join safely in place.

 

how to make handmade hula hoops

 

  • Once your circle is complete, it is time to decorate.
  • Here Jo had spun white electrical tape around the pipe and is now filling the gap with yellow and green striped tape chosen by her daughter.

 

how to make handmade hula hoops

 

  • You don’t have to stick with one type of tape either.  The more colours the better!

 

how to make handmade hula hoops

 

To make a child size hoop, use 12mm polypipe about 1.6 to 1.8 metres in length.

Again, check the length around the child’s body and adjust as necessary. (Polypipe is the one with the dark blue lines running around the pipe)

 

how to make handmade hula hoops

 

The man at the hardware store didn’t have any joiners to fit this size, so he kindly cut a small 5cm length of 12mm copper piping and used that to join the two ends.  He wrapped the join with electrical tape to secure the join and gave it to Jo to decorate too.

 

how to make handmade hula hoops

 

how to make handmade hula hoops

 

The children LOVED this.

 

how to make handmade hula hoops

 

how to make handmade hula hoops

 

 

My friend Mari and I had a go too!

 

 

 

Jo and I were brainstorming all the possibilities of things you could put inside the tubing to make noise.

  • Lentils,
  • rice,
  • tiny decorative stones used in fishtanks..
  • even a water filled hula hoop?

 

Can you imagine the swishing fun, perhaps with a spray or two for extra excitement?

 

Have you ever made a tubing pipe hula hoop or something else from polypipe? 

Perhaps you have other ideas for holiday fun?

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