The supplies to make your own hoop will cost about $70 plus shipping for the tape (which is hard to find locally---let me know if you find a local supplier!) From those supplies, you will be able to make 7-9 hoops---assuming they are 41-inch or smaller hoops. Based on 7 hoops, this works out to about $10 each.
In the beginning, it will take you about 2 hours to make and tape one hoop. If you're not a perfectionist like I am, you may be a little quicker. As with all tasks as you get more practice, your production time will decrease.
To make 7-9 adult-sized, appropriately weighted hula hoops you will need:
- 1 roll of 3/4" 160 psi irrigation tubing (available at Lowes or Home Depot)
- Tubing connectors (available at Lowes or Home Depot)
- PVC cutters (Optional. Not factored into my cost-per-hoop calculations.)
- Grip tape
- Glitter tape (or any other decorative tape...my price-per-hoop calculations were based on glitter tape prices, though)
And for instructions on how to make a hula hoop, take a look at the following videos:
elizabeth mitchell - how to make a hoola hoop from You Are My Flower on Vimeo.
I prefer the boiling water method for heating a hoop. It's faster and easier than a blow dryer.
If your hoop is a little wonky after you insert the connector, lay it outside in the sun. After a few hours in the heat, you'll be able to reshape it into an almost perfect circle. THEN BRING IT INSIDE TO COOL OFF and re-harden on a flat surface.