Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Great Way to Pass a Summer Afternoon - Tuesday

people hula hooping
(or how to build a hula hoop)
  • Go to the hardware store
  • Buy irrigation poly tubing; 100 psi and 3/4 inch*
  • Buy pipe couplers
  • Buy electrical tape in a multitude of colors
  • Return home and retrieve a blow dryer and popcorn kernels
  • Cut tubing to desired circumference (somewhere between belly button and chest)**
  • Place popcorn kernels in tubing
  • Heat tube ends with blow dryer and attach with coupler
  • Decorate with tape
  • Hula hoop to your heart's delight
  • And, finally, get Grandpa involved in the festivities

* 100 psi 3/4 inch tubing is great for kids. For a heavier hoop get 160 psi 3/4 inch or 100 psi 1 inch tubing.

** the easiest way to the cut the tubing is with a ratcheting pcv cutter which can be purchased from the hardware store. Fortunately we already owned one of these babies. The tubing can also be cut with a saw.

Note: the poly tubing is typically sold in bulk. We spent around $36.00 for this project which will yield approx 8 hula hoops. Clearly we don't need 8 hula hoops but we have several birthday parties to attend. These extra hoops will be part of our summer fun gift pack (more to come).

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I hope you are having a lovely summer!


Jen said...

How cool! Thanks so much for sharing. My daughter loves to hula hoop. This will be so much fun to try =)

*Michelle* said...

Hi Shalet. :) Your blog has won an award:


~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

I'm not sure my hips can move like that any more!

6512 and growing said...

Grandpa is the best!