Category Archives: Hoop Making
Merry (day after) Christmas! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, I sure did! Santa was veryyy good to me this year! Anyway, I wanted to share a couple of hoops I gave as gifts this year. They were my first attempts at making collapsible hoops and they came out pretty good, if I do say so myself!
This hoop is 3/4 in. 100 PSI with purple duct tape, teal duct tape, zebra print duct tape, and black electric tape. Usually I don’t like to use so much duct tape on one hoop because the ends tend to get stringy or show the white from underneath when I cut it in half. But, since the zebra print tape is already white it helped to cover that up and the black vinyl tape covered the rest of the ugly ends. The only thing I don’t like about collapsible hoops is that you can’t cover the ends of the tubing and connectors with tape because the tubing has to be able to twist around the connector in order for it to collapse, leaving the grey connector exposed a bit.
This hoop is also 3/4 in. 100 PSI. It is made with red vinyl tape, black vinyl tape, and card suit decorative tape. I was going to provide a link to this decorative tape, but I just found out they don’t sell it anymore! I guess I can only make 1 or 2 more with this tape so if you want it let me know!
It is so much fun to give hoops as gifts, always lots of smiles and giggles 🙂 I will be making lots more of these collapsible hoops in the near future for my soon-to-be Etsy shop. I will hopefully be working on that this coming week now that the holiday is over and I have a break from both yoga and HulaFit. This little break will also give me a chance to organize the upcoming hoop gathering that will be happening at Maximum Fitness soon (yay!). Happy holiday hooping!
I have been making lots of new hoops lately in preparation for the holidays. Some I will be using for gifts and some I won’t. These are the first two in my recent batch, I’m not sure if they will be gifts or not yet, but here they are:
This one is made with blue vinyl tape and neon green 1 in. gaffer tape. Both this hoop and the purple/white one are made with 3/4 inch. 100 PSI tubing.
This one is made with purple duct tape, purple vinyl tape (the lighter/pinkish purple), and white vinyl tape. I made sure to put the duct tape on first because the sides tend to get stringy and aren’t very smooth so I wanted to cover that up with the other tapes. I like this one the best out of the two. I like to call it my Very Berry hoop 🙂
This is my newest hoop creation! I am loving the hot pink/black/silver combo. It is made with silver mirror tape and hot pink gaffer tape, which gives it a better grip and makes it easier to keep it up on the body. It is a 39 in. 100 PSI hoop, good size for exercise. I would say 39-41 in. works best for exercise (for my size anyway) and the lightweight 100 PSI makes you work harder to keep it up, workin’ those ab muscles!
I finally figured out the PSI of the tubing I have while I was taping this one. It was printed on the inside of the hoop. I got lucky because this is the kind I need to make collapsible hoops. I am going to start making them soon so I can get my Etsy shop up and going. It would be impossible to ship a full sized hoop so if I make them collapsible I will be able to ship them that way. I think I may have to keep this one for myself though, its too pretty to give away! 🙂
I finished my fourth homemade hoop last week. I made it as a gift to my little sister, Brooke, who left for college at SUNY Cortland this past weekend. Even though she is not a hooper (yet!), I had the idea to make her a hoop after searching online a few weeks ago. While surfing the net for fun hula stuff I found the SUNY Cortland Hula Hooping Club! How cool! I wish Oswego had such a thing while I was there! Although that was before I was introduced to hooping so chances are I wouldn’t have really known about it anyway being busy with all the sorority shizz. ANYWAY I found this cute girly skull tape that I made the hoop with. It was a little thinner than I would have liked it to be, but it worked for the most part.
The thing I realized when using decorative tape though is that it doesn’t stick to the hoop as well as the gaffer or vinyl tape does. It doesn’t go on as smooth. I didn’t have any problem with the blue sparkly tape I used, but the skull tape did NOT go on easily at all. I had been told I may have this problem and that it would be better to use the vinyl tape to hold the edges of the decorative tape on which I tried to do. The biggest problem I had was that the first tape I put on, the blue sparkle tape, was not as even as I thought it was so the empty space for the other tape was not the same the whole way around. So I had to go back through after I was done with the 4 layers and patch up some spots that were not sticking so that the tape won’t snag her while she’s hooping. What a pain this was! Although it was a little frustrating to make it came out looking pretty good!
Now I just have to figure out how to take nicer pictures. I guess I shouldn’t have dropped photo class back in high school!
Peace & Hooping
Since it has been soooo freakin’ rainy lately I have not been able to get some good hooping time in. There is no real big space in our house to do it inside so I’ve been anxiously waiting for this stupid rain to stop. BUT my hoop tape FINALLY came in the mail yesterday!! And I finally got Marky to help me out with his fire torching skills to put my hoops together before I tape them. I could probably do it myself but the fire thing scares me a little and I trust him to do it better and safer than I would.
I didn’t want to screw up my first one and ruin my cute bunny tape I got so I used my new neon gaffer tape to make the first one. It has been months since I taped my last hoop so I was a little rusty. Here are a couple pics of my new and very BRIGHT (for now anyway) new hoop!
Yay! Can’t wait to play with it! Rain, rain go away!