I Love to Create – Ho Ho Ho Holiday Hula Hoop

My fireplace was just begging for a holiday makeover and who was I to say no. A ready made wreath large enough to not look dwarfed on my stone wall was either too expensive or just not my style, and that’s when I remembered Tallulah’s abandoned Hula Hoop and the fun began.

Vintage Wrapping Paper
Liquid Fusion Glue
Hula Hoop
Hot Glue Gun
Clothes Pins
Cardboard Box
Aleene’s Tacky Transparent Tape for Crafters
Ribbon & Bows

I needed some faux gifts to wrap so the first thing I did was look around for small boxes. I didn’t have any boxes so I cut out squares and rectangles from an old cardboard box I had lying around the house. I used some of Tallulah’s small board books as a template.

I made sure that I had enough cardboard shapes to fit around my Hula Hoop. I might mention that my Hula Hoop is smaller than most. I bought it for Tallulah to play with this summer and I think she touched it once so I took it upon myself to upcycle it.

A Hula Hoop does not have a lot of surface to glue cardboard gifts to so I had to improvise. My sister came up with the brilliant idea of attaching strips of cardboard all the way around which worked out swimmingly. Mom cut the strips of cardboard and using Liquid Fusion Glue I attached them to the Hula Hoop. I not only glued the cardboard together I also glued the cardboard to the actual Hula Hoop.

While the glue on my wreath dried I used the time to wrap my gifts. This project ended up being a perfect way to display my vintage wrapping paper collection. I show Collage Pauge in the supplies picture, but I ended up using Aleene’s Tacky Transparent Tape for Crafters to wrap my gifts. I used a combination of Tacky Tape and Tacky Glue to adhere decorative ribbons to the packages.

I placed all the presents on my Hula Hoop to get an idea about spacing. Actually, my mother did while I chased Tallulah. Once we were pleased with the way the gifts looked we attached the gifts to the wreath using an Aleene’s Hot Glue Gun. After the gifts were attached to the wreath we flipped it over and really anchored things down by adding Liquid Fusion Glue.

All that was left to do was to add some ready made gift bows and hang my new wreath on the mantle. Lucky for me my sister loaned me a glitter encrusted deer head that I think really looks nice with the wreath and stockings.

Got any big wreath plans for the holidays? I’m always looking for more decorating ideas and would love to hear yours!

8 Responses to “I Love to Create – Ho Ho Ho Holiday Hula Hoop”

  1. Michele Littlefield

    What a great idea! I'm still trying to come up with an idea for our wreath. I would love a huge wreath full of shinybrite ornaments. The more retro the better in my world. I hope you & yours have a fabulous holiday season.

  2. KeLLy aNN

    Wreaths are one of those things that I LOVE but yet, have never actually made one. Well, I tried one time…epic fail.
    Great Idea and it looks really fun.

  3. Saundra

    This is SO perfect! I live in a split-level house, and I can never find affordable decorations for that HUGE blank area in the entryway. Lately, I've been doing seasonal decorations with a large, empty picture frame I got from someone on Freecycle, but even that's not really large enough to fill the space!

    I know what I will be doing this weekend! Thanks!

  4. Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club

    Michele, my mom makes wreaths with all the shiny brite ornaments. She has some with just ornaments and others that she mixes in vintage Chrsitmas toys and stuff.

    Kelly this is my first attempt at wreath making. It's fun how domestic you get after you have kids.

    Glad everyone is enjoying the wreath. I got the idea a few weeks ago when I made the yarn wrapped headband.


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