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Make Your Own Hula Hoop

Updated on November 4, 2015
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Jenn has been hooping since 2013, and recently started to perform. Hooping has become a huge passion.

It's no secret I'm a hooper, meaning I do tricks with a hula hoop. Now, you don't need to be able to do fancy throws and twirls to hoop. Waist hooping is fun on its own and is great exercise! There are many places online you can purchase a hoop, and that's fine, but you can easily make your own and get a greater sense of accomplishment in return. The hoops from this how-to you are excellent for beginners. With the supplies you can purchase, you can make a few, so grab a friend and go halves on the supplies and hoop together.

All of the supplies here can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowe's. I have a few things that I found on Amazon below, too. Generally, if a hardware store has a good plumbing section, you'll find what you need. I usually write down a list of what I want and ask the store clerks to get it for me, rather than get lost in the store trying to find what I need.

Before you begin, here are a few notes:

  • If you want a heavier hoop, use 160 psi tubing. For a lighter one, go with 100 psi tubing.
  • Don't use duct tape to tape your hoop. Use electrical tape as it is more forgiving.
  • If your coupling has a pointy barb on it, file it down first.
  • You will get a couple of hoops out of your coil of tubing.

Time required: 20 minutes

Difficulty: easy

Cost: $50.00

Materials:

  • 3/4 in. x 100 ft. IPS 160 PSI or 100 PSI NSF Poly Pipe
  • 3/4 in. x 3/4 in. PVC Barb x Barb Insert Coupling
  • Electrical Tape

Tools:

  • Ratcheting PVC Cutters
  • Pot of Boiling Water
  • Optional: Tape Measure

Hoops for everyone!

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Instructions:

1. Boil a pot of water. Seriously.

2. Measure out the length for your hoop. There are two ways to do this. First, cut a coil that makes a circle right below your belly button. For the second method, you need to do a little math. Figure what you would like your diameter to be for your new hoop. I would say anything between 37 inches to 40 inches would be ideal for a beginner. Multiply your diameter by pi (3.14), and the result is the length of tubing you want to cut.Be careful with those PVC cutters! They are a serious tool.

3. Now that you have your length of tube, go to the boiling water in the pot and take a coupling with you. Put the first end of your hoop into the pot for a few inches and keep it in for about 30 seconds. Take your coupling shove in about halfway. Repeat for the other end of the pipe. Ta da! You have a hoop!

4. Tape you hoop with electical tape.. I mean, you could hoop with it the way it is, but going over it with electrical tape will protect it. Here's a good place to learn to tape a hoop: http://www.hooping.org/2012/04/5-simple-tips-for-taping-a-hoop/

Cobra Products PST002 Ratcheting PVC Cutter 1-5/8"
Cobra Products PST002 Ratcheting PVC Cutter 1-5/8"

Be careful with this tool! It can take a finger off, but as long as you follow the directions and use it safely, you have nothing to worry about. Just keep it away from the kids. Do the cutting for them.

 
Hoops I made!
Hoops I made!

Want a lighter, skinnier hoop?

Perhaps you want something a little lighter and skinnier. Use 1/2" 125 psi tubing with a 1/2"x1/2" insert barb connector. Follow the same directions as above!

This weight of tubing makes excellent hoops for kids, too. Want a quick gift idea for an active kid? Make a hoop in this weight and don't tape it. Leave it blank, so to speak. Grab a bunch of cool electrical tape and stickers from the dollar store, and let the kid decorate their own hoop. Not only are they getting outside, they are getting creative!

What to Use with What Tubing

Type of Tubing
Connector to Use
3/4" 160 psi PE Tubing
Plastic 3/4"x3/4" Barb Connector
3/4" 100 psi PE Tubing
Plastic 3/4"x3/4" Barb Connector
1/2" 125 psi PE Tubing
Plastic 1/2"x1/2" Barb Connector
Print out this list and take it to the hardware store with you when you go shopping for hoop supplies!

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      Jenn Dixon 3 years ago from PA

      Thanks! I make them all the time for people and I know a lot of people who use similar instructions to make their own.

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Interesting to know. I had no idea you could make your own hoops or modify hoops to fit your needs.

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      Used to all the time. Never made my own though. Looks good!

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I remember my days of Hula Hooping, and a sore back!! great instructions in making a Hoop.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on winning LOTD, jennabee25!

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      hillsstorage 3 years ago

      Never thought this was possible but this is a great idea and seems easy enough to give it a go!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Not since I was a kid. Still, very cool lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      Never thought of making my own hula hoop, but sounds pretty easy. I used to be able to hula a hoop, but not any more. :) Love to watch though.

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      Vicki_P 3 years ago

      When I was young, my dad and uncle made a bunch of hoops to sell - I'm not sure where - but it was a fun thing. One thing they did was to add ball bearings of some type into the hoop so that they made a fun noise while hooping. They must have been very small balls to go through whatever coupling they used. Anyway, how fun!

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      I love this idea. I used to be quite the hooper as a child but got away from it. Now I have a good reason to return. I need the exercise but can't do any high impact exercise because of my legs. This sounds perfect. Congrats on LOTD.

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      astevn816 lm 3 years ago

      some of the feats that are performed by a good hooper are amazing

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      As a kid when the craze first came out. Woops that dates me! Well done how to and a deserved LOTD to boot!

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      Art Inspired 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this great idea. I never knew you could make your own hula hoop. Make it a creative day!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I hula hooped as a child but not as an adult, but from the size of my waistline and hips I am thinking it would not hurt for me to get some hooping exercise! Thanks for great instructions for making and personalizing my own hula hoop.

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      fibonacci1123 3 years ago

      I've done this before! Great flash back into the past. Thank you!

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Used to hula hoop a lot as a child. Can't do it now though - have lost the technique - should practise again! Great idea for making your own hoop.

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      Marten22 3 years ago

      This How-to was great! Really informative and the instructions are easy to understand. I know a few children who would love this thing! Thanks

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      Marten22 3 years ago

      This How-to was great! Really informative and the instructions are easy to understand. I know a few children who would love this thing! Thanks

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Yes, I used to hula hoop too when I was a kid.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Just back to say Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!!!!!

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      jamzhouse lm 3 years ago

      Looks like fun, Im going to try this out

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      Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

      This is fun.I have never done this but I would love to try now.

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      Miriam Parker 3 years ago from Ontario, CA. 91761

      Yes, I used to hula hoop when I was a kid. It's fun and great exercise. Don't know if I want to make one, though, it sounds tricky!

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      Jenn Dixon 3 years ago from PA

      @esmonaco: Thanks! Go for it!

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      Jenn Dixon 3 years ago from PA

      @jamilahalrahman: True, but those are made for children and really aren't good for adults who want to hoop for exercise.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      I'd never have thought of making my own hoop! I wish I could get the darn things to roll though -I've never been able to get them started!! Think I'll make one and try again!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Very creative, thanks for the how-to. This will be a great project with the grandchildren!!!

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      jamilahalrahman 3 years ago

      I don't mean to be a party pooper but, you can find hoola-hoops everywhere for half the price it would cost to make one.

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      Jenn Dixon 3 years ago from PA

      @Adventuretravels: Anyone can hoop! It takes a good push in the direction you want to go, and move your hips side to side. It may take a bit, but you'll be able to keep that hoop up. Go with the 160 psi if you do make a hoop, and give it a 38" diameter at least: it will be easier to keep up.

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      Jenn Dixon 3 years ago from PA

      @bpratt lm: You can buy all the supplies to make your own and then some for the price of the fitness hoops in sports stores. Thank you for stopping by!

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      bpratt lm 3 years ago

      This is great! I was looking to buy one for a good workout but I rather make it myself! Thanks great lens ;)