Spyrunner I can't seem to give away all my cheers
for making a hula hoop. Did you put tape on it?
How I did it: I wanted a hoop big enough, since the children's hoops are all too small. Adults need a hoop above their navel, or at least, to start off we do!
All I could find were these expensive hoops on line, for $45 or more, and I would have to pay to get it shipped to me. It just didn't seem reasonable. I didn't even know how much hooping I would do!
I found a video online that showed how to make a hoop out of PVC pipe, and I thought I would give it a shot.
I bought a 10 foot length of PVC pipe, which gave me a hoop about 38 inches in diameter (just about my navel), It was 3/4 inch pipe, and I got a pipe connector. I had to heat the hose (the video said to hold the pipe end in boiling water, but that didn't work, so I used a heat gun) to get the connector in the ends. You have to let the pipe relax for a while first, because it is coiled.
That's all there is to it! I got a great hoop for about $9, instead of paying $45 or more.
Lessons & tips: 3/4 inch PVC pipe is available at hardware stores. I got mine at Peavey Mart. Get them to cut it for you, since it can be tough if you don't have the right tools. Make sure the end they cut is smooth, and no cracks.
Use a heat gun to warm the ends. Holding them in boiling water didn't work that well for me.
Use the formula for the circumference of a circle to get the length of pipe you need. Your diameter is the height you want the hoop to come to on your body (let's say you want it to come up to your navel, just measure how high that is, and then find the circumference, which will be the lenth of pipe you need).
Resources: Peavey Mart.
3/4 inch PVC pipe, and a 3/4 inch connector.