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How to make a Hula Hoop Chandelier a Disaster

The other weekend I made a hula hoop light for our play room. It’s not meant to give off a lot of light, just a nice soft glow. A glow that will give that feel of enchantment and whimsy.

I found these two hoops at Dollar Tree so they were literally a dollar each. Not bad. While I was getting my oil changed Saturday at Wal-Mart, I noticed they had some hoops for about $4 or $5. Got myself a nice deal! Now I need to go back for some lights.


My Goal: Something two tiered and similar to this Outdoor Chandelier by Wendelou of Creative Arts & Eatables.

There was another one going around on Facebook that I really liked too. It was 2-tiered.

So, I gathered all my supplies.

  • 2 Hula Hoops (same or different sizes)
  • Twinkle Lights
  • Hot Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Ribbon
  • Twist Ties (If you have them. I didn’t)
  • Ceiling Hook

Step 1: Cut your ribbon to approximately 6-8 inch strips. I cut 5 since I was going for stability.

Step 2: Wrap the strips around your two hula hoops. I overlapped mine by about an inch and glued them down. Once I was done glueing, I ended up with a small loop around each hoop held together by a bar.

Hula Hoop Chandelier 1

Step 3: Let your baby step on the hula hoops.

Hula Hoops and Baby Toes
I just can’t resist those baby toes!

Step 4: Decide how you want to hang your chandelier from the ceiling. I chose to use more ribbon that would hang off a hook.

You could use twine, string, wire, fishing line, just about anything really. I happened to have some leftover large ribbon and that is where my problems start. This ribbon is bright yellow and pretty wide.

I thought it would just look like sun above the lights.

Step 5: Attach your lights to the hoops.

Mistake #2 people. You really need to get the right kind of lights.

I wanted the Christmas lights that dangle. They advertise them as the Ice lights. Well, I didn’t have any handy so I used these cute little flower lights. They’re adorable and will look great in another project I have going but they’re not the right lights for this chandelier. They just don’t invoke that Enchanting Whimsical quality I’m looking for.

See what I mean!?

Hula Hoop Chandelier - Flower Light
Adorable lights! Horrible bright yellow ribbon.

This is where the twist ties would come in. If you get the right kind of lights, you won’t be ablet o wrap them around the hoops like I did with these flower lights. You’ll need to run the strand along the bottom of the hoops and tie them on with the twist ties.

Step 6: Review your chandelier.

It’s not too bad…

Uh Oh Momma's Crafting
Judge it. No really! Judge it hard.

Step 7: Hang it up.

My husband was in charge of getting some hooks so I didn’t have them yet. I temporarily hung this up with some push pins. I defintiely don’t recommend using push pins.

Hula Hoop Chandelier - Hanging
Oh my. I’m¬†totally¬†fixing this ugly thing.

It would be so cute with the right lights. I’m so sad it didn’t work. But I sure did learn what will make it even better!

Overall, the white ribbon is blending in pretty well with the ceiling. The yellow is just way too bright. I’ll change it to some of my clear jewelry stringing “Invisible Cord.” It will hang much better and make the hoops and lights look like they’re just floating.

If you give this a try, share your pictures! I’d love to see how your changelier turned out!

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