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How To DIY A Hula Hoop Bar Cart

DIY Hula Hoop Bar Cart

After we put up the Grid Wall in our sitting room see MDF Wall Project Guide we realized we didn’t have any furniture to fill it.  Instead of spending a lot of money on furniture I wanted to create some of my own.  We wanted to create like a wine room vibe for the room so the Bar Carts fit perfectly with the theme.

Bar Cart

Items that I used:

  • 2 Hula Hoops
  • Spray Paint (See below)
  • Tarp(I used broken down card board boxes)
  • Drill
  • Screw Driver
  • Screws(1-1/4in)
  • Washers(Optional depending on the type of look you want)
  • Sanding Block
  • Wood Stain
  • Cabinet Knobs
  • 3 pieces of wood. I used two 24.5”long 7”wide for the top and bottom shelf and one 29” long 7” wide piece for the middle shelf.  (Measure distance on your hula hoop one piece for the bottom shelf about 1/3 from the bottom, One for the Middle  of hula hoop, One for the top shelf(this can be same size as bottom shelf.)  A lot of hardware stores can cut the wood for you.

Step 1 Find Hula Hoops

I found these Hula Hoops at Target.  I found two that were the exact same size  and shape. I bought one extra in case I messed up since they were super inexpensive.  Its important that the pair are the same size and shape.  The color doesn’t matter because you will take off the wrapping.

Step 2 Prepare Hula Hoops

Remove the wrapping that’s on the hula hoops so that all you see is the plastic underneath.  Put down the paint tarp( We used card board boxes) and layout your unwrapped hula hoops to prepare for spray paint.

Step 3 Sand your Hula Hoops

Use sand paper or a sanding block and thoroughly sand each hula hoop.  This is really important in order to get the spray paint to stick to the plastic hula hoop.  If you don’t do this you will go through a lot of spray paint to get good coverage on the hula hoops.  

Step 4 Spray Paint The Hula Hoops 

Make sure all your hula hoops are on the tarp.  I recommend doing this outside.  Spray the hula hoops till the plastic is covered.  Let dry for a couple hours and then come back and flip them and spray the other side.

Spray paint I used

Step 5 Sand and Stain Wood Pieces

While waiting for the spray paint to dry sand your wood pieces. You probably don’t need to sand too much just so the edges are clean should be fine. Stain the Wood. We used this color below. I tested out a couple stains on an extra piece of wood to make sure I picked a stain that I liked.

Stain I Used

Step 6 Drill the holes and attach the wood to hula hoop

I started with the middle shelf the longest.  I grabbed one hula hoop and put the wood piece in the middle of the hula hoop.  I drilled a hole in the hula hoop and into the piece of wood on one side.  I did the same for the other side.  

I started with the middle shelf the longest piece

Step 7 Fasten Screw and Washer

Once you drill the hole put the washer on the screw.  Using a screw driver fasten the screw into the hula hoop and wood  (repeat this step on the other side)

Step 8 Repeat Steps 6 and 7 for the bottom  and top shelf

Grab the wood piece that fits the hula hoop width about 1/3 of the way from the bottom.  Repeat steps 6 and 7.  Grab the wood for the top shelf and  repeat steps 6 and 7

Step 9 Attach The Second Hula Hoop

Grab the matching hula hoop and do the same for the other side. Repeat steps 6, 7 and 8 for the other hula hoop

Step 9 Add the Knobs

I used cabinet knobs for mine but there are lots of other of options.  You can use table feet or even Dowels.  I stood up my cart and marked off where I needed to drill in the knobs in order for it to balance.  I flipped the cart over and drilled holes where I made the marks.  Then I screwed in the knobs.  I did four total

Step 10 Stand up your cart and decorate

I used small plants to decorate mine as you can see. I got these small plants at Target as well

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