How To Make A Hoop

If you are a beginner hooper, you will want to stay away from the kids hoops at Walmart.  They will cause a lot of frustration and you probably won’t have a desire to continue hooping.  When you make your own hoop, you will find that hooping will be easier than you thought and will bring a lot of joy with your success.  You will be able to make the right size hoop for you.

This tutorial is just a starting point in your hooping endeavor.  There are lots of different kinds of tubing and tapes that go beyond this video, but I want to keep it simple for beginners so it will be easy to obtain the tubing and tape locally.  Also, Walmart sells the athletic tape in white and sometimes black.  Dicks Sporting Goods has all colors as well as black and white.

For beginners, friction is very important with body hooping.  It helps if you wear natural fiber clothes like cotton or linen.  They keep the hoop from sliding down.  Many people wear shorts and tank tops because the skin provides more friction.   I always wear long pants and tops, because the osteoporosis makes me bruise more.  So, be careful if you have osteoporosis.  Make sure that you are protected if you have bruising.  The bruising will go away if you take a few days off or try a different move.  Remember, everyone is different.  What works for one person, may not work for another person.

Hooping is considered aerobic as well as weight bearing for people with osteoporosis.  The hoops have weight and the amount of weight is increased when they are spinning on your body and hands.  Plus, it’s a lot more fun than lifting weights at the gym.

If you have questions, requests, or suggestions for other tutorials, please send me an email or make a comment on this site.


7 Responses to How To Make A Hoop

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  2. beth says:

    hi pam,
    im about to start giving workshops on hooping and im including how to make hoops in the first session. ive been checking out videos of how others make them, just incase there are somethings that others are doing better, and i noticed in yours that you use “athletic tape”. i use gaffers & hockey tape, but am intrigued by the athletic tape. would you mind letting me know what the brand is, and the size, and any other info that may help me to narrow it down? when i search for it online, im finding that i get a lot of different kinds of tape, and athletic tape can mean a lot of different things! any help to find the right tape would be greatly appreciated!! THANKS PAM!!!

  3. EW Scott says:

    Is there anywhere on line where I can order a hoop. I haven’t been able to find a 30″ one like you suggested.

    I can’t watch your video on how to make your own hoop as I guess I don’t have the right software. Also, I really don’t have the time right now.

    I’m in my 60’s and very petite so I want to be careful what hoop I buy.

    Thank you so much,


  4. Willow says:

    OK, I made my hoop, bought my tape and I was ready to create a masterpiece. However, I’m having difficulty keeping the spaces even while I tape. Spacing is important because I have a three color spiral design. Do you have any tips to help keep the spacing even?

    Thanks, Willow

    • Pam says:

      Congratulations on making your first hoop. Taping is the hardest part of the process. It helps to keep your eye on where you’re headed and overlap the tape with the 2nd color to the first color just a little. How wide is your tape? If it’s 1 1/2 inch tape, start with more of an angle with the tape. Take it slow and keep the roll of tape really close to the hoop while working. It’s a lot harder if you allow the tape to unroll too much as you’re taping. Also, if you have 3 different colors with 1 1/2 inch tape, you will be overlapping each color to the previous color.
      Good Luck 🙂

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