No, no. I’m not going to show you how to use a Hula Hoop. That would be incredibly humiliating for me and extremely unpleasant for you. No, no–I’m going to show you how to make your very own Hula Hoop. And not one of those silly things that bend the first time someone blinks at it–but a very sturdy, lasts-nearly-forever one. Beat that.
All you need are three simple things:
I went to Home Depot and asked for 10 feet of Polypipe and the man said, “Sorry ma’am. It only comes in 100 ft. rolls.”
Wow. Luckily, it was only $13.00 for the whole 100 foot roll. That’s enough to make 10 Hula Hoops! What a great activity for a little kids birthday party, huh?
Ask the nice HD man to give you 1 connector for each hoop you want to make. They cost about 65 cents each.
Measure out about 10 feet of pipe and cut it. If you have pipe cutters, that works best. I didn’t have any handy so I used a bread knife. Be really careful to cut only the pipe!
Dip one end of the pipe in boiling water to soften it up a bit…
then press the connector in and push it to the middle line.
Now do the same thing with the other side–warm it then push it on to the other side of the connector until you almost can’t see the connector at all anymore.
Now tear strips of duct tape and wind it around your hoop. This will add a bit of extra weight and will make your Hula Hoop dang cute.
Keep winding until you have covered the whole hoop and don’t worry about wrinkles in the tape–you’ll never notice them.
Now I’d love to show you our adorable Hula Hoops in action, but alas, Chompy is only 2 and wasn’t quite sure what we wanted her to do so you’ll have to use your imagination.
But be aware…
they do make nice Fairy Rings for the Wood Sprites.