Have you always wanted to know how to make a hoop with a push pin connector? The trick is having all of the right tools. Cthulhuhoop, otherwise known as Kari Siler, demonstrates how easy it is in this wonderful step by step DIY tutorial. All of the necessary tools are laid out at the very beginning and she shows you how they will be used to create your very own push pin hoop. Kari lives in Laramie, Wyoming, USA, where she performs with the Hulagins hula hoop troupe.
With Summer temperatures heating up here in the Western hemisphere, grabbing a quick hooping session outside may not be a tempting prospect. So we love this DIY project that transforms your hoop into some smashing, splashing, summertime fun with just a few materials.If you’re using a handmade hoop, you can skip the step to create an opening. You already have one! Just switch out the connector with a swivel hose barb adapter from your local hardware store. Be sure to get the right size for the inner diameter of the hoop tubing you’re using. Follow the instructions to attach the nylon hose barb T-connector, drill your holes, and seal it all up with electrical tape and waterproof clear silicone. Then let ‘er rip and share some refreshing summer hoop love!
Now that Spring is finally here, we can start hoping for a really nice day and jumping into the swimming pool again – but how can you heat it up in a way that’s not going to cost a fortune and might even be greener than cranking the heater for hours? The answer lies inside our favorite plastic circles. Make Magazine writes, “Here’s an easy way to warm your pool that’s efficient, low-cost, safe, and actually enhances the beauty of the pool. The Lily Pad pool warmer doesn’t need to be removed to swim, sweep, or vacuum, and it meets new requirements in water conservation areas to keep at least half of a pool’s surface covered.” You can make your own Lily Pad pool warmers by repurposing a hula hoop and stretching black polyethylene film (black plastic tarp) over it. They’ve soldered the tarp to the hoop itself, although you may be able to come up with other ideas on how to make the relatively simple idea work. Make says, “The film is in contact with the water, so it captures and transmits most of the sun’s incoming radiation directly into the pool, warming the surface of the water. Calorimetric tests have shown that at high noon, a single Lily Pad will transmit more than 500 BTU per hour.” We think they look a lot cuter too – and you don’t have to remove them all to be able to use, or even clean the pool either.
You may remember some of our previous hula hoop craft projects including a holiday wreath with tree branches and a holiday wreath of faux wrapped gifts. This year, we have an even shinier holiday wreath for you, courtesy of Stephanie at cre8ive designs: a holiday wreath made of Christmas ornaments. The concept is similar to the other holiday wreaths we have featured here at hooping.org – use your hula hoop as a base and then attach your bauble of choice. All you need are hoops, craft wire, hoop tape (electrical tape or glitter tape for some extra pizazz), and lots of ornaments. Stephanie used a 29″ hoop and ended up with 164 ornaments on her wreath. Use non-glass ornaments to prevent breakage! Thanks to good old fashioned trial and error there are lots of tips provided that will save you valuable time and resources, so what are you waiting for? Grab an old hoop or two and deck the halls with a shiny holiday hula hoop wreath!
You may remember when we told you how to make a rug using your hula hoop last year. Now the Once Upon a Family blog has some tips to improve upon the original Disney Family Fun instructions as well as helpful step by step photos. If you still haven’t tried this DIY craft project, autumn is the perfect time to clean out your drawers and use some old t-shirts to make a nice soft rug. And hoopers have an advantage when making this project: lots of different sized hoops lying around the house. Surely there’s one you don’t use much anymore so repurpose it. You can make your rug as big or as small as you like (translation: you can outfit your house with small potholders and trivets using your minis, medium sized bathmats with your off body hoop, or large floor rugs with your body rocker). Who else wants to get crafty this weekend?