CraftSanity on TV: How to make a Hoop
I’ve been completely obsessed with hooping lately. So today on Take Five & Company I showed viewers how to make their own hoops.
Hoop Making 101
The beauty of this project is that just about everything you need can be found at your local hardware store.
* 3/4” 100 PSI poly tubing (This tubing is commonly sold in 100’ coils found in the plumbing aisle)
* 3/4” plastic connector couplings
* Ratcheting PVC cutter
* Electrical or duct tape in a color you like
* Hair dryer
* Rice and small funnel (if you want your hoop to make noise)
Step 1: Unroll some tubing and form a hoop that comes up just above your waist when the bottom of the hoop is resting on the floor. If you’re a beginner you may want to go a little bigger because bigger hoops spin slower and tend to be easier to maneuver
Step 2: Use the PVC cutter to cut the tubing.
Step 3: Heat one end of the tube with a hair dryer and insert coupling half way. (This is the hardest part of the project and requires a bit of muscle. Grunt if it helps, but remember you can do it!)
Optional Step 3.5: Use the funnel to add about a quarter cup of rice to the open end of the hoop.
Step 4: Heat the open end of the tube and insert the remaining half of the coupling to form a hoop. Keep pushing, until both ends of the tubing meet over the coupling.
Step 5: Use duct tape to cover evidence of the join for peace of mind.
Step 6: Get out your tape and start decorating your hoop. You can use duct and or electrical tapes to make a striped hoop, or completely cover your hoop with several layers of overlapping colors.
Done? Congrats! Now it’s time to start hooping. Click here for a YouTube video demonstration from Grand Rapids hooper, Audria Larsen, a.k.a. “Vivacious Miss Audacious.” If this all seems like too much for you, you can buy a custom hoop Larsen’s shop.