Hula hoops are a thing of the past. They had their day, but now, they’re stored in the attic or lying in dust in the basement. Even though people don’t really use hula hoops anymore they still might have one saving grace: they can be used to make other things. If you don’t have any hula hoops you can sometimes find them at dollar-theme stores even today. If you do have some old hula hoops, go get them, and soon you’ll have a unique indoor garden that’s eye-catching and easy to make.
There are lots of things you can do to make an ordinary hula hoop look like something entirely different. One thing is to use colored or metallic tape to wrap the hoop. Another is to wrap it in small-diameter roping. You can even wrap it with gift wrap! Cut a long strip, tape one end to the inside seam, then wrap the narrow strip around the hoop and glue or tape it in place. Hula hoops can also be painted; use paints made especially for plastic for best results.
You can create an indoor hula hoop garden with just a couple of hoops several hoops is even better. Stack the hula hoops and attach them. You can use lengths of tape on the insides or you can even glue them together. Another method is to use a banding technique. Use wide pieces of tape, fabric, vinyl or similar things to wrap all the hoops together. Choose two, three or four spots on the stack of hoops and band them together in those places. If you want, attach novelties to the banding, like painted, flat wooden pieces, glue-on appliques or even giant bows for the holidays.
Cut a piece of plastic and tape or glue it to the bottom hoop. This will protect your floor as you add your selections for the garden. Place plants, flowers, rocks, a ceramic turtle – whatever you want – inside the hoops. All the plants don’t have to be at the same height. Place a small, fake or real tree inside the hoop, set some plants on step ladders or other risers, and even place some fake flowers amongst rocks on the floor.
Small hoops, like metal ones found at craft stores, can be used to make miniature versions of the flower gardens. Stack the rings, wire them together, then glue a cardboard circle to the bottom. These work great for setting up small gardens in the bathroom or even on a dresser. They add a unique touch of elegance to most any surroundings.