WHY would one want to do this? For me, it was because I wanted a glow stick hoop that opened up easily. My original was just a twisting collapsible but to open the hoop took more time than I wanted and I had to use a hairdryer until I managed to stretch one of the hoop ends out enough to just pull really hard on it. And now that one will no longer collapse safely due to said stretched out join and I have the busted lip to prove it.

This can be used to make a hoop that lights up with glow sticks, blinky buttons, fill it with glitter or even possibly LEDs (I don’t know if this would work; I’m not an electrician nor an LED hoop maker). You could even make a collapsible hoop that will coil onto itself like so:

Or make one that comes apart in at least three pieces. The choice is up to you! I just wanted to share my process with everyone here. Please, if you can think of an easier way, share it.

I’m distributing this under the Creative Commons Use License. You may use this tutorial and the photos and you may teach others this method but please attribute them to me, Kristen Teffeteller, and do not sell the text or the photos. I do not mind if you use my instructions to make connectors for hoops you sell but again you cannot sell the text or the photos themselves and if you re-post either one you must reference my name as the originator/author of these particular instructions & photos. Thanks and much hoop love!!

Quick-Connect Connectors
for collapsible or glowing interior hoops

push button connector completed

*You may want to do this outside due to plastic dust!!**


  • Connector
  • Quick-Release button connector for Telescoping tubing (available from McMaster-Carr at this page, down at the bottom. I’m using part #94282A250)
  • Sandpaper (I used 3M SandBlaster 60 grade Coarse and a 3M fine grade block)
  • Drill
  • Drill bit at least as big as the push button (for mine, the button is 1/4″ across, so I used a 1/4″ drill bit)
  • Scissors
  • Tubing for hoop, untaped (not shown)
  • Heat source (boiling water, hairdryer, heat gun — not shown)


Push Release Button Connector for Telescoping Tubing

Push Release Button Connector for Telescoping Tubing

Insert Connector for White HDPE Tubing

Insert Connector for White HDPE Tubing


1. Cut a strip of sandpaper as wide as one half of the hoop connector and long enoughStrip of sandpaper & connector to wrap around the connector.

2. Wrap sandpaper strip around one end of connector w/ sandpaper on the inside.Sandpaper 'round the connector

3.Grip the sandpaper-wrapped connector end in one hand and the other end with your free hand. Step 3, part ATwist your hands in opposite diresctions back & forth to create a twisting, grinding action with your connector and sandpaper. Make sure you are sanding the barbs and the flat part next to the center ridge of the connector.Step 3, part B

Step 3, part C

4. Do this for about a minute, then remove the sandpaper to check the smoothness. Keep going until you reach the desired smoothness of the connector end. For me, it still Comparing smoothness again (sanded one on top)has to have enough ridges to hold inside of the hoop but smooth enough to slide into or out of the tube with just a little work. You do not want this popping open on you! Test this by pushing the connector into the end of your tubing. It needs to be a bit tough to get in but you should not need heat to get the sanded end pushed in.
5. Once at desired smoothness, insert barbed end into one end of the hoop (may need some sort of heat source to do this). Push the smooth end into the other end to assemble as normal. *Remember which end has been sanded!*

6.Using drilDrilling holel and appropriate drill bit, drill a hole into the hoop and through the connector to the hollow inside. To prevent from going too far, you can mark your drill bit with a bit of gaff tape the depth it needs to go — for instance, the tubing is about an 1/8″ of an inch thick, so I marked the drill bit at 1/4″ (estimating for tubing and connector together) from the drilling end with a piece of gaff tape. This way I didn’t drill through to the other side!

7. Once hole is dRefining the hole to just big enoughrilled, ensure button will push all the way into the hole. If not, use a small drill bit to enlarge the hole, kind of like a mini sander. Go slowly around the inside edge of the hole until it is big enough for the button to push comfortably in and come out without any effort.

Button goes in the hole!

8. Open up thButton connector in the insert connectore hoop by holding the non-sanded connector end (inside the hoop) and pulling the drilled, sanded end away. You may have to push up and down a bit to wiggle it out. Place the button connector into the sanded end w/ the hinge pointing away from you. Push in until the button pops through the hole.

9. Push down on the button and slide the connector back into the hoop. Push the connector end in until the button pops through the hole on the hoop.

10. With thinner tubing, you’ll be able to push the button in with just your thumb. On thicker tubing (like the 3/4″ ID HDPE tubing in the photos), you can use the end of a pen or just wedge a finger/fingernail into the hole to push down on the button to open the tubing.

push button connector completedUsing a pen to push the button down in the 3/4" ID HDPE tubing

I’m running late with my FGF post today but I want to share this song that you guys may or may not have heard. It’s MGMT’s “Electric Feel” and it’s this week’s Feel Good song b/c #1–it’s happy beat!, #2–my boyfriend and I jammed to this album all summer and I’m all about thinking warm thoughts right now; #3–We listened to a MGMT song during hoop class, so this band is definitely hoopable!

Just try to not dance when you hear this, I dare you. Bonus points if you can tell me what the riff is from….I’m hearing some Rod Stewart but my boyfriend insists it is something else.

Hooping practice video (1/8/09) to Lostprophet’s “We Still Kill the Same Way.” First published video of me hooping, enjoy it while I’m sober. ūüôā It’s hosted on Vimeo b/c I don’t want to crash WordPress.com by uploading it to this server…..it probably wouldn’t happen but it could…..ah, just go to the link and watch it.


Last Saturday I purchased 2 tix to summercamp music & camping festival (may 22-25) for my boyfriend and myself. One of the scheduled acts is Dark Star Orchestra, a Grateful Dead tribute band that is so deep in the Dead they will play an entire show as a setlist from a particular show (i.e., New Year’s Eve 12/31/2008 Baltimore show was a re-creation of the 12/31/78 Winterland Arena set) *and* use the instruments and gear for the particular era they are re-creating. While taping my Dead-inspired twin hoops Sunshine & Daydream, I chilled out to the sounds of Dark Star Orchestra and caught this gem of a tune.

Here is the Grateful Dead, 10/9/89, @ Hampton Coliseum performing “Jack A Roe.”

I know I write about hooping a lot but damn, man, it’s what I do. You don’t want to hear about my job so why not read about something I enjoy? Anyways, Sunny down at Hooprama¬†is opening up registration for January hoop classes. All classes are six weeks long, ya get a workout and it’s fun! Plus, there are different levels, so once you graduate from Level One, you can proceed to Two, so on & so forth. Read the description of the Level One class below; all class descriptions can be found here.

[copied from the Hooprama website, created & maintained by Sunny]:

Level One is a 6 week class series designed for the beginner. No experience is necessary! Come join us for a fun, fresh “retro” class that revitalizes the mind, body and spirit! We focus on hooping basics and performing very basic moves on/off the body. Instruction is followed by group activities with an emphasis on community and dance. A variety of music is used in class which will provide a rich mixture of sound for your hoop fitness experience! Space is limited and our classes always sell out quickly, so don’t delay! Click here for the class schedule and to register.”

I personally will be signing up have signed up for the Cool Springs Level One class. Even though I’ve been hooping for almost three months, I think this will help me greatly with smoothing out some of motions and straightening out my planes.

And hey, if you don’t hoop, no worries! You can be taught. There is also a¬†new Strength, Stretch & Balance class “combining yoga, gym & hooping” BUT “no hooping is required!”

I’ll leave you with a bit of inspiration to become a hooper. You will have to click on it since WordPress.com is not letting me post a Vimeo video like I do with Youtube.¬†This is hooper Jessica Sparks!

Jess Hoops: 8 weeks 5 days, 2 birds

Saw this on jane q. public‘s blog and thought I would try it. I’ve never done a meme before, just those crazy 50 question surveys that take me two hours to complete, so bear with me.

Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr’s search. Using only the images that appear on the first page, choose your favorite and copy and paste each of the URLs into the Mosaic Maker (3 columns, 4 rows)… Enjoy!

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you attend?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you?
12. Your Flickr name?


Here’s my search:

  1. Sarah
  2. Salad
  3. Heritage
  4. Purple
  5. Scott Weiland
  6. Sangria
  7. Ireland
  8. Cheesecake
  9. Hoopdancer (I love doing this, I wish I could do it for permanent!)
  10. Music
  11. Small
  12. kristent (it’s actually kristen_t *but* it didn’t really pull up anything I liked!)

1. Before the world was made… the innerlight of Sarah.K was!!! :))), 2. Tuesday, 1/23 Lunch РAlice in Wonderland, 3. damgo, 4. Purple fingers, 5. Stone Temple Pilots, 6. Summer Sangria, 7. Liffey Sunset a la Nokia РDublin, Ireland, 8. Blueberry Cheesecake, 9. Hula-Spiral, 10. Disney РMagic Music Mayhem 1 (Explored), 11. Exposed РIsla Mujeres Mexico (Near Cancun), 12. Kristent

As I posted previously, I bought a hula-hoop from the Etsy shop Sunbeam Laserbeam. It. Is. AWESOME! After I picked it up from Leigh on Monday night, I immediately ran–well, drove–home & started hooping in my living room to the dulcet tones of Rock Band 2. I haven’t hooped since I was kid so I did drop the hoop a lot.

Yesterday, I hooped some more (practice makes perfect!). I am now able to keep the hoop up on my waist most of the time & I can knee hoop fairly well. This has not come without its own “dangers,” one being I’m hooping in an apartment with expensive electronics.

I should probably preface this with a neon “I’m clumsy” sign. If you know me well, you know this. I constantly trip, bump into things, hit my head, et cetera and have unexplainable bruises thanks to my clumsiness. Mom even put me in dance lessons as a kid (seven years, I miss it!) to help my klutziness. I’m great on the stage/dance floor…no music, not so much. Maybe I just need to constantly hear music…..Anyways, back to the story. I have “hooping” bruises on hips, which is to be expected. A weighted object is circling an area many times–it will leave a bruise. But I also have them (bruises, not hoops) on my knees. Everytime I started to drop the hoop, I managed to spread my stance and squat just enough to crack my knee with the hoop, rather than being able to shimmy it back to my waist as originally intended.

Bruises from a hoop are nothing compared to what I did when I twirled flags in high school: busted my mouth & lip, numerous bumps to the back of the head, bruises to the ankles, shins & knees, and the coup de grace–blacked my left eye & prolly fractured the cheekbone and dented my forehead slightly. True story; the black eye happened on my third day of twirling. Everything else¬†occurred during the first three months. But in no way am I complaining! My bruises prove I’m learning and I’m loving the idea of hooping during next year’s music festival road trip. In fact, the hoop dancers at Summer Camp are the reason I started hooping. I’ve even started hooping to music yesterday before I stopped for the day. A Perfect Circle is fun for hooping, I’ve found.

I’ll leave you with pics from my Flickr photostream of my bruises. I’ll add one of me & my hoop later; it’s really colorful & it GLOWS!

And if anyone has any tips for how to shimmy the hoop back up when it starts to drop, please tell me!

As I posted yesterday, del.icio.us is supposed to auto-post my new bookmarks every morning. Either I messed up with the URL-XML-PRC thing, or the problem documented in the forum is occuring. So today’s links were lovingly handtyped for your clicking pleasure. Maybe it will work tomorrow. And for your viewing pleasure (found on TechCrunch, links to article about Gmail outage):

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