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How to Make a Hula-Hoop

Hula-hoops are one of the simplest toys out there and maybe even one of the oldest. There are records that show the ancient Greeks had a hoop that they would wind around themselves for exercise. These toys have certainly stood the test of time though you may not want to use an ancient Greek hula-hoop seeing as it might crumble on you. Instead, make your own! Hula-hoops are simple to make and are hours of fun. Plus, when you make it yourself you can decorate it anyway you want.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1” PVC tubing with 100 PSI
  • 1” PVC connector
  • Hair dryer
  • Scissors or sharp knife
  • Electrical tape or duct tape

What You’ll Need to Do:

  1. Gather your materials. You should be able to find the tubing and connectors at your local hardware store. The tubing is typically used for irrigation so it may be a seasonal item in some stores, but just ask and someone should be able to help you out.
  2. Measure your hula hoop. The tubing comes in a circular shape so simply hold the uncut tubing up to your body to get an estimate of the hula hoop’s size. It should come up to no lower than your belly button and no higher than your chin. The smaller the hoop the better it is for tricks.
  3. Cut the tubing to the right size. You may want an adult to help you with this because it’ll involve some serious cutting, the tube is pretty thick.
  4. Take a hair dryer and blow hot air at the two cut ends of the tubing. This will warm up the plastic and make it easier to shape and bend.
  5. Insert the plastic connector into one side of the tubing and then the other. This should make the circle of your hula hoop. There may be a small gap where the ends of the piping don’t touch, but don’t worry.
  6. Don’t worry because you can wrap the gap with tape. You can use colorful electrical or duct tape to seal the seam of the connector and decorate your hoop. You can find some bright fun prints of duct tape to coat the tubing or even try spinning different colors of electrical tape for a spiral effect.
  7. Happy hooping!

Have Your Say!

How long can you hula hoop for? Have you ever timed yourself? Share your times in the comment’s section below!

 

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How long was the longest session of hula hooping?

  • Michele Obama: 1 minute, 23 seconds. There are pictures.
  • Mary Jane Freeze: 10 hours, 4 minutes. She was eight at the time.
  • Aaron Hibbs: 74 hours 54 minutes. That’s over 3 days!
  • The girl down the street: 47 minutes. She can just go and go!

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Jeterfan14
Jeterfan14 posted in Debating:
"David_Teh_Derp" wrote: "Jeterfan14" wrote: "David_Teh_Derp" wrote: No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly). Read my post and you'll get the opinion of one of those "egotistic" pageant girls. I am very feminist and if you read my post you'll see how I feel So I read the post and it seems that it has almost nothing to say about ego. These are the only things I, at least, can get out of your post about feelings: ​1. The question: Do beauty pageants objectify women? 2. Your description of what way you are using the word 'objectify': Degrading a person to seem like a mere object ​3. Wanting to know everybody's opinion ​ ​That's it. I'm probably the only one here to bring up the subject about 'egoistical'. And since you are a feminist I will plainly assume that you agree with me on these girls in the pageant being of larger ego than usual. But your comment is slightly confusing and therefore I have no idea if you are angry with me or if you are telling me that you are agreeing with me saying that you feel that pageant girls are egoistic or something. But I know one thing: You feel badly about these pageants. If you would detail your comment more I would be relatively satisfied and probably even have a full answer. On the other hand, thank you for recognizing my comment, I was glad to hear your reaction, even though it was somewhat confusing, and I hope you have a good continuation of the day, m'am. :) No no, sorry about it confusing. What I meant was I disagreed with the egotistical part and wanted you to know I was a pageant girl and I wasn't that way, however I was too lazy to retype how I felt about this subject so I directed you to my post before cx Sorry. My post is in favor of beauty pageants, I've realized lately that I can't portray what I'm trying to say in a non-confusing way to other people so I guess I'll try and clarify. I feel beauty pageants are helpful to the girls in them, I had been bullied harshly but my mother said everytime I was on stage I seemed to have some confidence which I didnt have any other time. All Im really saying is people judge pageants too quickly without really realizing the deeper meaning behind them, I was just saying it from a beauty pageant girls mind
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David_Teh_Derp
"Jeterfan14" wrote: "David_Teh_Derp" wrote: No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly). Read my post and you'll get the opinion of one of those "egotistic" pageant girls. I am very feminist and if you read my post you'll see how I feel So I read the post and it seems that it has almost nothing to say about ego. These are the only things I, at least, can get out of your post about feelings: ​1. The question: Do beauty pageants objectify women? 2. Your description of what way you are using the word 'objectify': Degrading a person to seem like a mere object ​3. Wanting to know everybody's opinion ​ ​That's it. I'm probably the only one here to bring up the subject about 'egoistical'. And since you are a feminist I will plainly assume that you agree with me on these girls in the pageant being of larger ego than usual. But your comment is slightly confusing and therefore I have no idea if you are angry with me or if you are telling me that you are agreeing with me saying that you feel that pageant girls are egoistic or something. But I know one thing: You feel badly about these pageants. If you would detail your comment more I would be relatively satisfied and probably even have a full answer. On the other hand, thank you for recognizing my comment, I was glad to hear your reaction, even though it was somewhat confusing, and I hope you have a good continuation of the day, m'am. :)
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ValenciaRose
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In general, do you think a country would be run better with a democracy or with someone making all the decisions?  Sorry should have made that more clearer :blush 
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"David_Teh_Derp" wrote:No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly). Read my post and you'll get the opinion of one of those "egotistic" pageant girls. I am very feminist and if you read my post you'll see how I feel
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David_Teh_Derp
No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly).
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