Jonathan Fong designs interiors, floral displays, craft projects, weddings and more, but what he really loves to do is teach people how to create things for themselves. Shoe Attitude is his big idea on how to give some attitude to your shoes by incorporating decorative stickers made from your own images. Whatever it is, we all have to agree the whole thing is pretty entertaining, probably because Jonathan’s motto is to “Live life as if you were in a movie” and his movie is Xanadu – and he’s doing a great job! “People who’ve seen my video on Shoe Attitude always ask me if it’s really that easy to decorate shoes with your own images. It really is.” The author of three books that have sold in the hundreds, Fong’s sticky and crafty hula hooping segment is part of a web series he hosts called Style With a Smile and he’s also a regular contributor to eHow.
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!
We at hooping.org believe that there are many ways to reuse, repurpose and recycle your old hoops. As much as we encourage you to share your hoop love by passing those beloved hoops to others, we still end up with extra hoops. So what’s a hooper to do, you ask? Try your hand at another DIY project! You may remember our post from earlier this year about making a hula hoop chandelier with just a few rolls of lace and some icicle lights. Now we have another version for you to try. This one uses ribbons instead of lights so there’s no need to hang it near an outlet!Courtney at Between U and Me wanted to make something similar to a $70 ribbon mobile she saw at Pottery Barn Teen. Using this photo as inspiration, she gathered two hoops (one large, one small), fishing line, a hot glue gun and lots of pretty ribbon. She cut the ribbon into even lengths and glued them to the hoops. She then tied four strands of fishing line to each hoop and knotted all eight strands together at the top. Voilà! This project has endless possibilities too. You can vary the ribbon colors and widths, alternate ribbon lengths, move the ribbons closer together or farther apart – your imagination is the only limit to personalizing your very own ribbon chandelier! And Thanksgiving weekend is a perfect time for a craft project like this. Maybe use a little red and green to get you in the holiday spirit? See more photos here.
Remember the Hula Hoop Rug craft projects? When Esther at Craft To Art caught site of one she knew it could be altered to create a giant spider web for Halloween. You’ll need a hoop that you’re not going to be using – a great time to repurpose and recycle, along with a bundle of twine/jute string and scissors. For the spider she used 8 pipe cleaners and some googly eyes. Her and her daughter CJ give you the step by step instructions for something pretty cool to stick in the window or yard for decoration, or possibly even add to your costume this year.
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?
When everybody got excited about the new Chanel Hula Hoop Bag at Paris Fashion Week, Jenna Sauers at Jezebel got excited about making one. She writes, “As soon as Karl Lagerfeld showed those ridiculous(ly sublime) hula-hoop bags on the Chanel runway for spring, my colleague Dodai and I knew we had to make one. ‘It’s not up to me to say it is chic,’ said the always-modest Chanel designer after the show. ‘I thought it was, but I cannot say it myself.’ Well, Karl, we thought it was chic! So, we boned up: we studied runway photographs in extremely high resolution, talked a lot about lambskin, watched videos of the bag in motion, and tried our best to channel the spirit of Karl himself. Then we poured some gin, put on some Kraftwerk, and began our craft work. Okay, then we got bored and put on some Brandy. But eventually, we had a purse. Here’s how we did it.” Find out: How To Make Your Very Own Chanel Inspired Hula Hoop Bag.