Glowing Hula Hoop

Take a daytime activity into the night and have fun in the dark with this glowing hula hoop!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather your materials!


  • Step 2

    Open the hula hoop. Dump out any water in it if necessary.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Pour some sand into the hula hoop.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Close the hula hoop.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Zip tie the electrical end of one of the EL wire packs to the hula hoop near the joint (where it opens).

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    Wrap the EL wire around the hula hoop.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    When you get to where you began, zip tie the end of the EL wire to the hoop on the opposite side of the joint.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Step 8

    Place the batteries in the battery pack.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

  • Step 9

    Close the battery pack.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 9

  • Step 10

    Plug the battery pack into the electrical end of the EL wire.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 10

  • Step 11

    Using the pocket clip on the back of the battery pack, clip it to the EL wire.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 11

  • Tip

    If your battery pack doesn’t have a pocket clip, skip to the next step.

  • Step 12

    Use zip ties to secure the battery pack in place.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 12

  • Tip

    If your battery pack doesn’t have a pocket clip, use tape to secure it to the hula hoop after you zip tie it.

  • Step 13

    Trim the zip ties.

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  • Step 14

    Repeat steps 5-13 with the second pack of EL wire beginning on the opposite side of the hula hoop. This will counterbalance the battery pack and make it easier to hula!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 14

  • Done!

    Turn the EL wires on, turn the lights off, and party with your glowing hula hoop! Experiment with turning one EL wire on and the other off or using the blinking settings (to do this, just press the button on the battery pack twice)!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 15
    Photo reference of how to complete step 15
    Photo reference of how to complete step 15

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