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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.

Heat Swimming Pools with Hula Hoop Lily Pads

Hula Hoop Lily Pads 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.

Jemima Wyman Transforms War Into Hoopful Peace

Jemima Wyman Jemima Wyman is an Australian artist and her latest artwork for the Liverpool Biennial, Collective Coverings, Communal Skin, explores camouflage fabric as a material with symbolic links to violence and conflict. Using donated second-hand camouflage and hunting t-shirts she’s weaved the material on hula-hoop looms transforming objects of conflict into playful objects of comfort. All of the pieces will be added together to construct an internal architecture at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT). They’re “re-territorializing the hard architecture of the institution into a site of radical hospitality. The process and final woven architecture will create space for group catharsis by building a communal site for contemplation, conversation and embodied knowledge.” Wyman is currently living in Los Angeles, California, USA, and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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.

Hula Hoop Holiday Wreath Making

hula hoop wreath ornament 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!

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.

How to Recycle Hoola Hoop Tubing

recycling [Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn helps us keep our hoops out of landfills.]

by Lara Eastburn

“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.

Make a Hula Hoop Spiderweb for Halloween

Spiderweb 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.

Make a Hula Hoop Rug

hoop rug 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?