We have bought hula hoops a couple of times. Cheap, bendy, weak, plastic hula hoops for $5 from your everyday supercenter. But, they're junk. They're too light to get a good hoop action going, the kids like to lasso one another and as soon as they do, the cheap hoops bend.
So, I went on the hunt for DIY hula hoops. I'm so glad I did! Right before Christmas, I found this site. I went to Home Depot and bought all the supplies; irrigation tubing, PVC pipe cutters, couplers, and colorful electrical tape. It was a small investment, but I decided I was going to make several hoops as Christmas gifts for all the young people in my family.
These hoops have been sitting out in our back yard through all sorts of weather. They are used almost daily. They haven't bent or gotten damaged in any way. They are sturdy and heavy enough to get some good hula hooping action going. I LOVE them!
I made one for me and my original goal was to be able to hula hoop straight through this song. It took a little time, I'm proud to say....I got that! My favorite time to practice is after a run, while cooling down, on the back porch.
And here's my superstar hula hooper providing some basic instruction :-)