DIY HULA HOOP!

 

So, a few weeks ago I posted a few videos of hoop dancing. I have taken an interest in this dance style for a while now so it was time to buy an adult hula hoop. Are you kidding me? Why buy one when I can make one? So here it is.

 

Things You Will Need:

Duct tape and/or electrical tape (colorful duct tape can be found at 5 Below or online and you can get electrical tape at Lowe’s)

PVC Cutters (Lowe’s)

Connectors (plastic, at Lowe’s)

PVC Piping (160 psi, 3/4″) You can use a lower psi if you don’t plan on putting anything in the tubing for extra weight. (Lowe’s

 

 

Step 1:

Using the PVC cutters, make a cut so that the length of the tubing (in hoop shape) comes from the ground to a bit above your belly button.

 

 

Step 2:

Use a hair dryer to heat the ends of the tubing. It needs to expand slightly so that the connector will fit inside. If you don’t have a hair dryer, this can be performed with boiling water. BUT don’t leave the tubing in the water too long. You don’t want it to melt.

 

 

Step 3:

Put the connector between the two ends of tubing and push them together. Do this quickly because the expansion won’t last long.

 

 

Step 4:

Now you can decorate! This is the best part! I chose colored duct tape and electrical tape.

Warning: Duct tape does not lay as smoothly as electrical tape because of the threading.

 

 

 

YAY! A homemade hula hoop.

Happy hooping!

 

 

 

Hoop Dancing?

Have you ever heard of hoop dancing? If not, I am more than happy to introduce you to it.

I was introduced to this particular type of dance through a friend. I had been part of a gymnastics team when I was young and danced the whole way through high school so this “hoop dancing” seemed pretty appealing to me. I remember hula hooping as a kid and loved it then. I am sure I would love it now, even if the hoop weighs more.  This dance is also used for relaxation and weight loss. Don’t believe me? Google it!

This video is of an 18 year old girl (at the time) named Rachel Frantz. She has been my inspiration for getting into it. The first 30 seconds or so is just her dancing but the hooping does come in shortly after. I hope you like it! I plan on getting, or making one a hoop of my own. Maybe it will be a craft in Make Something Mondays!

 

If you watch Ellen much you may have seen Rachel on her show as well.

 

For more of Rae’s videos visit PARISFRANTZ!