Got some old hoops laying around you’re unlikely to use again, or maybe there’s that one hidden away with a pretty big kink in it? Why not recycle that old hoop by turning it into something fun and festive for the holidays. In fact, here’s a couple of holiday hoop repurposing ideas that are sure to spin some holiday cheer.
That neglected hula hoop can be easily turned into a holiday wreath. If you’re someone who prefers a more traditional green wreath, you can easily attach branches and trimmings to create an evergreen transformation that can be easily hung up, and will help fill your home with a favorite scent of Christmas. Fresh cuttings from the woods are amazing if you live somewhere that you can gather them too. Or perhaps you have some artificial tree branches that have been gathering dust just waiting for their turn to be recycled too. Whichever you choose, work your way around the hoop attaching the branches using electrical tape in such a way that pleases the eye and keeps the tape hidden from view. Using dark green or black electrical tape can really help the tape blend into your holiday wreath too. Once you have your branches arranged and attached, add a bow using a festive holiday ribbon of your choice. We think a nice red bow looks great with the greenery, but feel free to be creative. Then all you have to do is hang your new wreath somewhere everyone can enjoy it. And if you’re not feeling the greenery or have allergies you can literally wrap anything around the hoop to transform it into something special for the season, like ornaments, even coffee filters, or even old T-shirts.
Still feeling crafty? Another repurposed hula hoop holiday decorating option is the icicle light chandelier. To spin up one of your own – that you just might want to leave up all year round – all you really need is a hoop and a string or two of icicle lights. From there you can go about the rest a number of different ways from spray painting the hoop a color to match your light string, to wrapping the hoop entirely in a ribbon color of your choice, to simple fastening the lights onto the hoop as you add a fresh new layer of hoop tape. Of course, if you’re already happy with the tape on your hoop or the lack of it then you’re good to go. Just remember that while dark colors are great for helping the hoop to “disappear” at night when the twinkle lights are on, and white looks great with white icicle lights, especially against a white ceiling, you’re going to want to come up with a combination that looks good to you during the day as well.
Elijah Chumley shares his hula hoop chandelier making adventure. He lives in Hollywood Florida.
Just remember to consider the color of the lights and the color of your icicle lights cord. If your cord is white we suggest a white hoop and to use white electrical tape or ribbon to decorate and tape the lights around it. You want to be able to hang the lights on the hoop and tape them into place in a way that can look seamless. If your cord is green, perhaps taping or painting your hoop that shade would help it look great, or maybe you’d like to build your color theme around the color of the lights themselves. Whatever the end result you’re sure to bring some festive holiday glow to the season.