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!
[Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn helps us keep our hoops out of landfills.]
“There is an end to everything,” wrote Chaucer, “to good things as well.” Alas, even our beloved hoops won’t last forever. It can be hard to accept when our favorite circular companion has reached the end of its usefulness. A hoop that is tattered and beat to hell can only be slathered down with adhesive remover and re-taped so many times. And then there are the unfortunate victims of car tires (it happens more than you think!) and LED hoops inadvertently left out in the elements. And with every hoop-maker inevitably collecting a growing pile of tubing remnants, what’s a green-conscious hooper to do with our notoriously difficult-to-recycle hoop materials?
If you’re up for an art project there are some great ways to reuse and repurpose that old hoop. Consider turning that hoop into a holiday wreath, creating your very own twinkle light chandelier or weaving yourself a hula hoop rug. There are so many possibilities – but even if you are feeling crafty, chances are if you’ve got tubing remnants headed for that great big hoop heaven in the sky, you’ll be glad to know that these days there are increasingly more ways to give them a second life. Here’s the down low on how to recycle (almost) all types of hoop plastics.