My interest had waned, but I recently find myself wanting to add a hula hoop to my repertoire for fitness, warm up and general body control.
The caveat is to find the correct size. There are a number of retailers that will sell a hoop for $30-$50 with custom size and color. Additionally, it seems like there is a tremendous DIY space to make your own hoops.
Karen Tiede is one of those whose website is really easy to follow.
Start with irrigation tubing:
100 psi - lighter for slower hoopers, kids, jugglers hoops
160 psi - heavier for fast hoopers, beginners, serious exercisers and men
3/4" for kids, tends to deform at diameters larger than 30" (I would be making at least a 44" hoop)
1" for beginners, serious exercisers and men
Tubing cutters come in handy or just use a hack saw
Beginner - shoulder to sternum height - 54"
Intermediate - waist height - 36"
Joining the ends - heat ends in boiling water and then slip the connector in
Decorating hoops -
Sand the hoop for more grip
Gaffer tape and decorative metallic tape
Gaffer tape - 1" or 1/2" for accent colors
100' of 1" 160 psi plastic coil pipe = $115 at Lowes - Enough for (8) 44" hoops
1" connectors - $1 each
1" Gaffer's Tape - $12-$17 per 55 yard roll (depending on color)
I certainly have no intention of buying a $100 of irrigation tubing to make a hula hoop, but I will be on the hunt for scraps. Maybe my sprinkler guy can hook me up. If I could get 20 feet, I would gladly invest in the remaining supplies to make a hula hoop.
Ruby Hooping sells hoops for $65 (20% off coupon) + $13 for shipping which ends up at $65. They use 3/4" 100 psi polyethylene tubing and recommend 44 inch diameter for a 42 inch waist.