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Krista Rao blogs about crafty adventures with her kids

Our “summer 2011 must-do list” is lonnnnnng and near the top of that list is something I have been meaning to do with the kids for a while: make hula hoops! Yes, I know, you can buy hula hoops at the dollar store for next to nothing but I do love the feeling of knowing that I can make one myself, plus, on the top of my daughter Avaʼs summer list is to learn how to hula hoop. She has been having very little success thus far with a store-bought hoop and apparently a homemade one is easier to keep up because they are weighted differently.

Last week we used our ONE rainy day to make our hoops and have a hula hoop-making and shaking party in the house.

Here is a little tutorial that we put together to help you make your own hula hoops. They are very easy to make and use!

Step 1: Gather your supplies. I got everything I needed from Hope Depot

1. 1/2 inch poly pipe (sold in 100ft rolls….enough for MANY hoops)
2. couplings
3. poly pipe cutter
4. tape measure
5. colourful tape

Step 2: Measure the length of pipe needed. Seven ft works perfect for a child size hoop

Step 3: Cut the pipe (using the pipe cutter) to the length desired

I used the directions on the back of the package and they were very easy to use!

Step 4: Dip each end of the cut pipe in hot water to soften them up (about 10 seconds each side)

Step 5: Insert the coupling in each end to join the pipe and make the hoop

…try and make sure that the pipe ends come as close together as possible

Step 6: Use the colourful tape to wrap around the pipe and start decorating your hoop

Step 7: Wrap and wrap and wrap the tape around the hoop until you are happy with your design

Step 8: Hop in the hoop and start shaking those hips baby!

Krista Rao is a stay-at-home-mom of two. When she and the kids aren’t on some sort of craft mission, she’s making children’s items from reclaimed materials. Check out more of Krista’s adventures at Green Thimble.

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