I make and sell hula hoops primarily as a way to promote hula hooping (although I'll admit that I REALLY enjoy working with glitter tape!). When I can, I'll also use them to promote my friend (the excellent hooping instructor, Laura Roinestad) and as a fund raising tool by donating them to schools and organizations (I've actually given away more hula hoops than I've sold!). (Yes. I talk this way, too...my conversations can be a whole bunch of tangential comments. Be happy that you're just reading this and not having to listen to it!)
Adult-sized hula hoops can be difficult to find and then, when one does find them, it can be confusing deciding what size and weight to purchase. So I enjoy making hula hoops for people who are eager to start hooping but don't know how to get started.
As I excitedly promote the many benefits of hula hooping, though, I am becoming increasingly aware that the demand for my hoops is very soon going to be waaaayyyy more than I am able to meet (this is my hobby, after all, not my full-time job). So, to address this imminent possibility, I'm going to add information on how to make your very own hula hoop to this blog's sidebar. To be the most helpful, though, that writeup will take a bit of time. In the meantime, here's a quick and fun how-to that was posted by the singer Elizabeth Mitchell.
elizabeth mitchell - how to make a hoola hoop from You Are My Flower on Vimeo.