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Turn Your Old Hula Hoops into Holiday Cheer!

Hula Hoop Wreath 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.

Hula Hoop Chandeleir 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.

Make Your Own Hula Hoop Dreamcatcher

Hula Hoop Dreamcatcher Cassie has been doing some redecorating and with her new color palette, she wanted something earthy and textural to display on her wall above her bed. “A friend of mine who has amazing style and happens to live in town has been my sounding board through this whole project,” she writes. And what did her friend suggest? Hanging a big dreamcatcher, of course! Given that Cassie didn’t know where she could buy one, and given that she is also pretty crafty, she decided to gather the supplies to make one of her own. If you’ve got an old hoop laying around that you’re not using anymore, why not reuse and repurpose it into something artful for your bedroom as well?

If you want to make a dreamcatcher out of an old hoop, all you’re going to need is a hoop, yarn, some beads and feathers. Cassie went to the craft store and got herself some Vanna White yarn in Wheat, and scored some camel brown beads there as well. She also used pheasant feathers. She wrapped the hoop entirely in yarn, wrapping in very tightly, weaved a design into the middle, cut some longer pieces of yarn to hang from the bottom with beads and feathers and voila! A hoop transformed into a peaceful dreamcatcher for her home. Get all the step by step details from Cassie herself at Primitive and Proper.

Hooping Goes Green With Recycled Plastic Hoops

The Original EcoHoop Sherry Guice joins the Hooping.org team this week with one ground breaking story.]

by Sherry Guice

As I look around my home, I see pounds and pounds of plastic in the form of hoops. Some decorated with colorful tapes, some sitting bare as skeletal remains. Sitting on the floor are boxes of supplies; tapes, tools, connectors and little pieces of cut plastic that I haven’t had the heart to throw away, not to mention the rolls of tubing on the porch. When I first started hooping I never really thought about the impact my passion might be having on the environment. I was having fun. I was sharing my bliss with others. I didn’t think about the ecological footprint I could be adding to our earth. However, the longer that I have hooped and the more that I have danced, the more I have come to be in the moment. My hooping became internal, and with that also came a deep respect for the beautiful land upon which I hoop. Enter, conflict.

My hoops are very special to me. Those I consistently use have stories to tell. One story I’ve been wanting my hoop to share someday would be that it isn’t bad for the environment, that it is made from 100% recycled plastic and is 100% recyclable. I’ve wanted my hoop to say that it does not contribute to the 60 billion pounds of plastics produced annually. I’ve wanted my hoop to proudly be in line with the rest of my environmental values. Well guess what? That is a story my hoop can finally tell and with World Hoop Day tomorrow it couldn’t be more perfect timing. Not only is there a new hoop available today that is good for us, but there is also a hoop that is good for our beautiful world. Imagine that, a revolutionary hoop! I became so excited, I had to find out all about it.

Make a Ribbon Chandelier with Your Hula Hoop

ribbon chandelier 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!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn inspiration

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.

Making Your Own Hula Hoop Chandelier

Hula Hoop Chandelier Got an old hoop laying around you’re not going to be doing anything with or one that you cut wrong that wasn’t the right size? Why not reuse, recycle and repurpose it and turn it into something useful – like making your own hula hoop chandelier? Sarah with an H writes, “I was so excited to make this. I wanted my Sun Porch to have ‘romantic’ lighting. The setting is romantic out there to begin with. There are woods in my backyard, crickets and birds singing. The sun sets behind the house and the breeze blows right through the whole area.” Her solution? A hula hoop chandelier. With a hoop in hand she then set out to score some romantic lace that she covered the hoop in and she also used as the hanging pieces as well. “The three rolls of lace were also a $1!!! SCORE! I had ‘icicle’ white lights in a Christmas bin in the basement so I pulled those out and also my hot glue gun. Wrapped the lights around the hula hoop and covered up the purple and pink hula hoop with the lace! Hung it and Wholla!!! A Magical Romantic Super Cute Hula Hoop Chandelier!!! YIPPEEEE!” More photos here.