Hula Hoop from a 2"x4" Update...

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Project by Quixote posted 09-17-2008 03:25 AM 5487 views 6 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What a wonderful afternoon with my three year old, building a hula hoop instead of watching Sponge Bob.

This is completely inspired by by Marks blog …Plans for Making A Wooden Hoola Hoop for a 7 Year Old Girl – By Rachel DeCou…

Step one of the instructions…”Make a circle of wood.”

I started with a standard 2”x4” , cut 10 strips 1” wide by about 1/8th”.

Soaked in hot water in a pvc pipe for 15 minutes.

Coaxed into a round shape with a ratchet strap for outside tension, a spare tire for inside shape and tension and my three year old applying white glue…

Glue on the strips, glue on the tire, glue on me, glue on the camera, the only thing not glued down was the laughter…

Imagine trying to push spaghetti through a straw…

This is drying overnight, tomorrow knock down some rough spots, round over the edges and on to step two…” Paint the whole thing.”

So far this weighs in at less than 16 oz. with a 24” diameter. ( Standard is about 28” but I didn’t want to take a wheel off of my truck…)


-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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#1 posted 09-17-2008 03:31 AM


Looks like your helper is having a great time with the glue.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-17-2008 03:42 AM

Awesome, I think this will be one of my next projects with the help of my 6yo princess helper.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#3 posted 09-17-2008 03:59 AM

very cool…

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#4 posted 09-17-2008 04:02 AM

that is just awesome… it just goes to show you that behind every briiliant 3yr old is a parent with a camera.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#5 posted 09-17-2008 04:10 AM

That is an awesome way to spend an afternoon

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 09-17-2008 04:13 AM

Nice stuff. Mark’s girl is gonna be jealous, & Mark might be under even more pressure than he was yesterday.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#7 posted 09-17-2008 04:23 AM

Beats watching TV any day.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 09-17-2008 06:10 AM

Hurray for Super Dad!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 09-17-2008 12:20 PM

Super hero :)

where’s the pix of your cape?

This is awesome. The two of you did a great job.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 09-17-2008 02:44 PM

So cool… looks like she’s having fun, and I can just imagine how nice it must have been to work with her!

My three year old is starting to express an interest in this too… It’s tough, because he’s far too inclined to want to touch, and it’s near impossible to keep him sitting still, but this looks like a fun project that doesn’t involve much in the way of “Is that sharp, Daddy?”

Nice! Thanks for the post!

-- Ryno

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#11 posted 09-17-2008 02:59 PM

Hi Q;

Tis a good thing you do. You had better send a couple photos to Mark.

His instructions were a little sketchy!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Mark A. DeCou

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#12 posted 09-17-2008 03:11 PM


I hadn’t thought of using a tire. What a great concept. I had my mind around using a barrel, or a green limb.

actually, to be honest, I had been trying to justify not doing the hoola hoop at all. I’m just too busy I kept telling myself. “Just another broken promise from a father with the wrong priorities,” I kept hearing my heart say.

What an inspiration you are for doing this project with your daughter! You are my hero.

Rachel came home from school yesterday, walked from the mailbox where the bus drops her off, and I watched her out the shop window walk all the way up the driveway to the shop. I ducked down and looked busy when she came in the shop, thinking maybe, that she had forgotten about the Hoola Hoop.

She walked right over to me, gave me the usual big hugs and kisses, and said her day went, “Fine.”

Then, she says, “Well, so, Dad, have you gotten my hoola hoop done yet, the plans are right there.” Pointing to where I had pinned up her “plans” for future reference.

I had to hang my head and say, “no, not yet…......but I will get it done.”

Thanks Quixote for the inspiration and ideas,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Mark A. DeCou

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#13 posted 09-17-2008 03:30 PM

Hey Quixote, I added a List in an addedum to my blog, showing the “Hoola Hoop Builders.” You are first on the list, and I hope you won’t be the last.

By the way, should we spell it “Hula” or “Hoola”? I don’t know either.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#14 posted 09-17-2008 03:58 PM

This is one of those special projects where the success is not measured by the final product but by the heart felt journey. Don’t forget for the 2 of you to sign and date it, she will never forget the memories that simple circle of wood contains.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#15 posted 09-17-2008 05:33 PM

thats a great project! going to try this with my 5 yr when we get back to NZ. technical question: by “overlap” do you mean that you continue putting the strips in a spiral or each strip is a circle?

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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