Introduction: How to Make a 4 Section Travel Hula Hoop
In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to make a 4 section break apart hula hoop that you can take with you anywhere.
Having a hoop you can take anywhere and fit in your luggage is such a benefit when you want to bring your hoop with you.
Hi, my names Brandon and I'm the owner and founder of The Spinsterz. I've been hula hooping for 20 years and building hoops professionally for 14 of those years.
I've made and sold tens of thousands of hoops and in that time I've learned what makes a great hula hoop as well as how to teach you how to easily make one at home.
Step 1: Supplies & Tools Checklist
For this project, you are going to need to get a few things, some tools, and some parts.
Tools & Supplies Needed
- A way to cut your tubing. Tubing cutters are preferable.
- 3/4" 160 PSI PE Tubing
- 4 HDPE White Connector
- 4 Rivets
- 4 Snap Buttons
- Cloth Measuring Tape
- Screw Gun1/4" Drill Bit & and 1/8" Drill Bit
- Rivet Gun
For the tubing, I'd suggest getting it at Lowes, this is the stuff you want - ADS 3/4-in x 100-ft 160-PSI Plastic Coil Pipe
The HDPE Connector and Snap Buttons, you can get those from The Spinsterz Hoop Supplies
Rivets and rivet gun are best bought at Harbor Freight Tools, it's the cheapest place for them. You can also get the specific size rivets needed for this project from the link above - The Spinsterz.
Step 2: Prep Your Tubing
In this step, you are just going to cut off the tape that is binding your freshly bought tubing together. Grab your scissors, cut the tape off and remove it from the tubing. Allow the tubing to naturally begin to "stretch out" and uncoil itself. This is a good thing that you want to have happen. You don't need to force the tubing open, just let it happen naturally.
Step 3: Determining & Measuring Your Hoop Size
While your tubing is relaxing you can think about what size hoop you want to make and do the math so you know what size you are going to cut.
If you are a brand new hooper, I'd suggest making a hoop somewhere between 38" - 42" in outside diameter. For the purposes of this Instructable, our diameter will be measured from outside edge to outside edge. If you are unsure of what size hula hoop to make, take a look at this article I wrote on How to Find Your Hoop Size , it will guide you through knowing what size hoop is best for you.
Once you know the hoop size you want to make, it's time to do some math and convert that size into something we can use with your measuring tape.
I'm making a 38" diameter hoop.
We need to find the circumference that we going to measure and then cut. The formula for finding the circumference of a circle is pi (3.14) * Di (diameter). In our case this is 3.14*38 = 119.32". We're going to round this number to 119" just to make it easier on ourselves.
Once we have our circumference we are going to want to divide that by 4 since we are making a 4 section hoop.
Step 4: Measure and Cut Your Tube
For this step, you will need your measuring tape, tubing cutters, and your tubing.
- Hold the measuring tape really tight as you are measuring around the tubing.
- Cut into your tubing just a bit and then spiral your cutters, this makes a more even cut.
- Watch your fingers when you are cutting in the above step!
Step 5: Inserting and Securing Your Connectors
For this step you will need the following supplies and tools:
- 1 White HDPE Connector - buy it here.
- Measuring Tape
- Screw gun and 1/8" drill bit
- 1 Rivet
- Rivet Gun
We will be inserting our 4 connectors and drilling the rivet holes.
You'll notice a point where it says, "If you wanted to tape your hoop, now would be the time." If you do want to tape your hoop, you would want to do this right after the holes are drilled for the rivets. You could also do this AFTER your rivets are in place, which is nice because the tape will cover the rivets, but it also harder to tape over the rivets and has a tendency to crinkle your tape.
If you are not taping your hoop, please continue through the rest of this Instructable.
If you do want to tape your hoop, check out our Instructable on How to Tape a Hula Hoop, if you need help with that. Once you hoop is taped, watch the next step on how to finish it.
Step 6: Securing Your Connectors With Rivets
You'll need 4 rivets and your rivet gun for this step.
Step 7: Drilling and Inserting the Snap Button
You'll notice the lighting is darker in this video, that's because my warehouse has skylights and some clouds were passing overhead during this one. #realworldproblems
Keep your drill gun and switch out the bit for a 1/4" drill bit.
You'll also need your cloth measuring tape and a sharpie.
When you are measuring and placing your mark for where to drill your snap button holes, it is very hard to get the mark in the exact same spot on each section. We use a jig and a drill press so that our holes are precision drilled and no matter which sections you attach together, they will always fit.
So instead of trying to get the holes all in the same spot, you can just mark the ends of the tubing so you know which sections go with which sections. For example, put an "a" on each side of a connection, then "b", "c", etc. Just like Ikea, you need to match section B with section B.
Step 8: Finished.....or Are You?
Congratulations, you just made a collapsible hula hoop!
If you did NOT tape your hoop, then you are finished and ready to go do something else.
If you DID tape your hoop then you have a few more steps involved that I will talk about in the next step.
This hoop may be a bit slippery when using it as there is no "grip" on it. One of the ways a hoop becomes easier to use is by putting some grippy gaffer tape on it. Gaffer tape is a cloth tape used by all sorts of industries to make things grippy. If you watch our How to Tape a Hoop video, you'll see gaffer tape being used there.
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Step 9: Finishing Your Taped Hoop
Assuming you taped your hoop, the last step you would have seen in the taping video is cutting around the break in your hoop so that you would be able to pull the two sections apart, we are going to continue on from that last step.
- Screw Gun with a 1/4" bit and 1/8" bit
- Rivet Gun
- White HDPE Connectors (should already be inside your hoop)
- Snap buttons
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