DIY Hula Hoop Wood Shelf

8 Materials
$10
2 Hours
Medium

Okay, you will not believe what I made using some dollar store 24" hula hoops. Check it out!

Hula Hoops

Tools and Materials

  • 2 hula hoops
  • Spray paint
  • 2 wood planks
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Drill
  • Wooden dowels
Paint the Hula Hoops
Paint the Hula Hoops

First I started by spray painting my two hula hoops with Rustoleum Oil Brushed Bronze.

Then let it dry.

Cut Wood Shelves
Cut Wood Shelves

I then cut my 2 wood shelves. I came up with 23” that was to the edge of my hula hoops.

Sand
Sand

Then I sanded them down.

Stain
Stain

Then I stained the wood on all sides.

Drill Holes
Drill Holes

I then drilled some pilot holes through the hoop and into the wood.

Level
Level

I used a box to level between shelves and drilled in the second shelf.

DIY Hula Hoop Shelves

Resting it like this made drilling the shelves in easier to do!

Add Dowels
Add Dowels

After the shelves were in place, I added two wooden dowels to the base to make sure it wouldn't rock. If you have any mistakes, just use some electric tape and spray paint to cover any errors.

Homemade Hula Hoops Shelves

And that's it, it's done and ready to be used!

DIY Easy Hula Hoop Shelves

Here it is on my bathroom vanity I think it turned out super cute! What do you think? The whole shelf only cost me $10! See more great items at Gilbert Marketplace

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48 questions
  • Gina
    Gina
    on Mar 26, 2019

    Really looks great! I just wonder, aren't the shelves so heavy they would rip the hula hoops?

  • Linda Holmes Keating
    Linda Holmes Keating
    on Mar 27, 2019

    Looks great! What diameter are the hula hoops please?

    I have only ever seen big ones.

    • Kurt Weir
      Kurt Weir
      on Mar 27, 2019

      My friends make all size hula hoops with flexible plastic tubing....she did mention"23 inches"

    • Linda Holmes Keating
      Linda Holmes Keating
      on Mar 27, 2019

      Thanks for that! I saw that but it didn’t compute 😉

    • April Temple
      April Temple
      on Apr 3, 2019

      The hoops are 24" the shelves were cut to 23" so they would set just inside without hanging over.

  • Mary Distel
    Mary Distel
    on Mar 27, 2019

    Could this be hung on the wall behind/above the toilet? Love it but my bathroom is so small space is non-existent.

    • Shanita Moss
      Shanita Moss
      on Mar 27, 2019

      I have the same problem no space on my counter!

    • Lauren.
      Lauren.
      on Mar 27, 2019

      Possibly use larger command hooks to hang from??? I would do a couple for upper section AND couple for bottom for extra support/stability. DON'T OVERLOAD SHELVES. IF your own home you could put decorative hooks in wall and hang or a wood strip behind shelf attached to wall. Just a few ideas.

  • TeacherMama
    TeacherMama
    on Mar 27, 2019

    How stable is it? Even with the dowels, seems like one little bump would send it rolling.

    • Enolac
      Enolac
      on Mar 27, 2019

      Nice shelf but I have tried using these hoops for lesser projects and they cracked. They are also bound by paper substance that loosens in time. Go for more expense heavier hoops. Just my experience.

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Mar 27, 2019

      You can cover hoop in electrical tape if your worried I have not had a problem.


    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Mar 27, 2019

      the hoop is 24" the shelf 23"


  • Violet in
    Violet in
    on Mar 27, 2019

    Nice! Any ideas how much weight the shelves can hold (1-2 lbs maybe?) before the hoops collapse since they are plastic and not metal?

  • P74
    P74
    on Mar 27, 2019

    What stops it from rolling ?

    • Keisha
      Keisha
      on Mar 27, 2019

      This is what Shelly stated in her directions: "After the shelves were in place, I added two wooden dowels to the base to make sure it wouldn't rock."

    • Victoria Lukye
      Victoria Lukye
      on Mar 27, 2019

      Dowels on the bottom

    • Di
      Di
      on Mar 27, 2019

      I think you’d have to add wedges to keep it from rolling.....any weight on the shelves that wasn’t perfectly balanced would roll it....

    • Cathy Hays
      Cathy Hays
      on Mar 27, 2019

      If you read her Directions She explains that's what the Dowels are for on the bottom.

    • Lauren.
      Lauren.
      on Mar 27, 2019

      Pictures 9,10, & 11 show the dowels clearly at the bottom of hula hoop. The dowels run between the two hoops underneath like feet. Once attached to bottom of hoops dowels don't roll.

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Mar 27, 2019

      yes correct the wood dowels stop the rolling for sure! When I added the dowels I leveled also at that time

    • P74
      P74
      on Mar 27, 2019

      Right you all are  Thanks for letting know..."get glasses Alice"...😉

    • P74
      P74
      on Mar 27, 2019

      Thanks for letting "me" know.... it's not easy getting old....🤣

  • Jen
    Jen
    on Mar 27, 2019

    This looks really great although I am a little concerned that it may collapse. Have you had any issues with it sagging or plastic cracking?

  • Nora Godley
    Nora Godley
    on Mar 27, 2019

    Well I love this! So crafty!!! I have questions tho... how long have you been using it now and how’s it holding up?

  • Debra
    Debra
    on Mar 27, 2019

    Looks great, but how sturdy is it?

  • Betty Nuovo
    Betty Nuovo
    on Mar 27, 2019

    Where did you get 23 inch hula hoops? That's pretty small for a hula hoop. Thanks.

  • Linda
    Linda
    on Mar 27, 2019

    What is keeping it from rolling?

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    on Mar 27, 2019

    Don't you need 8 screws? The material list says 4 but I think you need 4 per shelf.

  • Steve
    Steve
    on Mar 27, 2019

    What is the weight limit ?

  • Kathryn Brolsma
    Kathryn Brolsma
    on Mar 27, 2019

    You didn't say how long the 2 dowels are or how they were attached.

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Mar 29, 2019

      This will depend of the width of wood you use. I had 8” wide board add 4” if you want to stick out just a little. if you don’t measure after complete and cut to fit. I used E6000 and a drip of hot glue to hold while the E6000 dries

  • Judy Weinmann
    Judy Weinmann
    on Mar 27, 2019

    It looks like your shelves might be made out of 2 inch thick boards (which are actually approx. 1 and 3/4" thick when milled.) Could you please confirm the thickness for me? I think I inch thickness (which is approx. 3/4" when milled) might split when you put your screws in. Thanks for this Easy, Functional, and Modern looking display! Love it!

  • Julie Mullins
    Julie Mullins
    on Mar 29, 2019

    I think that is so cute. The wood iS not to heavy?

  • Leslie
    Leslie
    on Mar 31, 2019

    What was the approximate cost? I'm on a budget.


  • Paducah Joe
    Paducah Joe
    on Apr 2, 2019

    What keeps the shelf from rolling off when you put something with much weight on the end of th top shelf? Is it possible to offset the center of gravity fairly easily and roll the shelf sideways? In spite of my concerns, great job.

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Apr 2, 2019

      The 2 wood dowels at the bottom are the stands if you will that keeps it level

    • Lena
      Lena
      on Apr 3, 2019

      That's what the two bars at the bottom off sets.

    • Macayla
      Macayla
      on Apr 3, 2019

      That’s why she put two wooden dowels on the bottom to keep from rolling

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl
    on Apr 3, 2019

    can I use tea cjup hooks to make it a vanity for my jewellery ?

  • CindyLou Brown
    CindyLou Brown
    on Apr 3, 2019

    How much can you put on it? I would think the hula hoop would bend.

  • Pam
    Pam
    on Apr 3, 2019

    Your vanity space must be much larger than mine but interesting idea. Maybe on a porch?

  • Sharon Tetrick-Corbin
    Sharon Tetrick-Corbin
    on Apr 3, 2019

    You didn't mention the cross pieces at the bottom. What are they made from?


  • Sarah
    Sarah
    on Apr 3, 2019

    How do you keep the hula hoop from bending under the weight?

  • Corine
    Corine
    on Apr 3, 2019

    How did you attach the dowels?

    • Susan Boothe
      Susan Boothe
      on Apr 3, 2019

      With screws, like she did the shelves.

    • April Temple
      April Temple
      on Apr 3, 2019

      This is her answer to someone else that asked the same question. Hope it helps.


      This will depend of the width of wood you use. I had 8” wide board add 4” if you want to stick out just a little. if you don’t measure after complete and cut to fit. I used E6000 and a drip of hot glue to hold while the E6000 dries

    • April Temple
      April Temple
      on Apr 3, 2019

      And a correction on the #of screws needed. She said in a question above that she used 4 screws on each side, so 8 total wood screws.

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Apr 4, 2019

      Thank you. You could use real small screws also

  • Molly
    Molly
    on Apr 3, 2019

    This is so cool. Where did the bars at the bottom come from?

    • Susan Boothe
      Susan Boothe
      on Apr 3, 2019

      She said she attached the wooden dowels on the bottom with screws, like she attached the shelves to the hoops.


    • Kimm
      Kimm
      on Apr 3, 2019

      She made the comment 2 wooden dowels were used

    • April Temple
      April Temple
      on Apr 3, 2019

      Again, Susan, their is never any mention of screws being used to attach the dowel rods. Only that she attended them after the shelves.

    • April Temple
      April Temple
      on Apr 3, 2019

      This is her answer to how she attended the dowel rods.


      This will depend of the width of wood you use. I had 8” wide board add 4” if you want to stick out just a little. if you don’t measure after complete and cut to fit. I used E6000 and a drip of hot glue to hold while the E6000 dries

    • Reba Billingsley
      Reba Billingsley
      on Apr 3, 2019

      That's the wooden dowels that she added

  • Kathy
    Kathy
    on Apr 3, 2019

    How did you attach the rods on the bottom ? And would it work outside ?

    • Krystal Witcher
      Krystal Witcher
      on Apr 3, 2019

      You could use screws or glue. Either would work. I think it would be beautiful outside. I was thinking ther same thing.

    • Gerri
      Gerri
      on Apr 3, 2019

      That’s what I was thinking of using outside on deck. Just be sure to waterproof wood. Like this.

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Apr 3, 2019

      Screw could be used I just used E600 and hot glue to hold till the E6000 dries

  • Ashley
    Ashley
    on Apr 3, 2019

    Love the look, but wouldn't the hula hoops bend, and possibly break, under the weight of the shelves and items stacked on them? I'm thinking a solution may be to drill holes where the dowels go, and fill the hoops with expanding foam, or even cement to give it more structural integrity. Then lay them down to set up, and attach the dowels/shelves when the cement has almost set, or foam is done expanding. Just a thought.

  • Jan Gillispie
    Jan Gillispie
    on Apr 3, 2019

    Is there a weight limit since hula hoops can’t support much?

  • Brenda Z
    Brenda Z
    on Apr 3, 2019

    How could this possibly be attached to the wall? I’m looking for something in my bathroom that only fits over the small space in my 1/2 bath.

    • Linda
      Linda
      on Apr 3, 2019

      I'd use the hardware that they give you to put the curtain rods up... they are the kind that holds the curtains that have the big holes ..i'd place them on the wall the distance apart that would hold the shelf.. of course the shelf wouldn't be as big as the one shown because you're putting it on a wall. You may have to get sturdier rod holders.. ...just a thought..

    • Lisa West
      Lisa West
      on Apr 3, 2019

      Hou can also do the floating shelf bracket as well.

    • Christi Ortlieb Tolson
      Christi Ortlieb Tolson
      on Apr 3, 2019

      You could use a piece of wood and the decorative shelf brackets. The ones that look like wrought iron. They come in all different sizes and styles!

    • Deborah Jarman
      Deborah Jarman
      on Apr 3, 2019

      You could hang it on a wall by attaching picture hangers to the back of the top shelf. D-ring hangers would work well.


    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Apr 4, 2019

      Leave the back hoop off attach the shelf’s and add the front hoop done 😊

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Apr 4, 2019

      No it will pull forward

    • Julie
      Julie
      on Jan 25, 2020

      I would keep it simple. Don’t place the weight on the hula hoop at all, instead place two seesaw hangers (one on each side) at the back portion of the top shelf. Easy!

      Love this idea!👍🤗 Thank you!

    • Julie
      Julie
      on Jan 25, 2020

      oops! Forgot to say that if there’s space between the shelf and the wall (due to the hula hoop) then I’d simply place a sham or the appropriate thickness of wood where that hanger needed to be. Just a thought. 😉

    • Carol Lacey
      Carol Lacey
      on Feb 14, 2020

      Try commmand hooks. I use the heavier weight ones.

  • Amber
    Amber
    on Apr 3, 2019

    Wonder if you could fill the hooks hoops with sand or something it would be stronger overall?

  • Cathy
    Cathy
    on Apr 3, 2019

    I think it looks super cute, but how sturdy is it?

  • Mary Profilio
    Mary Profilio
    on Apr 3, 2019

    Do you have to make sure the weight of the things on the shelves are balanced on each side?

  • Wanda Barnes
    Wanda Barnes
    on Apr 3, 2019

    Wonderful idea! I love this project but how sturdy is this overall? I would differently buy one of these!

  • Freddie
    Freddie
    on Apr 3, 2019

    If the hula hoops

    are plastic how is it going to be able to

    suppose the wood.? Will it

    it start to rip?

    • Holly Donahue-Bannon
      Holly Donahue-Bannon
      on Apr 3, 2019

      I thought the same thing. It looks pretty though. I just don’t know how long it will last.

    • Susan Kay
      Susan Kay
      on Apr 3, 2019

      You can also cut wooden dowels ( I would use 1/2" or 5/8" and put them just under where the shelves ride for additional support...especially if you're putting a heavy plant on it!

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Apr 4, 2019

      Made several it works this cubbing is durable

  • Janie Anderson
    Janie Anderson
    on Apr 3, 2019

    Genius! ....and it looks so lux. Could this be done with thinner boards? Or, does the weight help it's stability? Thank you! Janie/TX


  • Rebecca
    Rebecca
    on Apr 3, 2019

    Looks beautiful but,but how sturdy would the plastic hoops be because of the weight of the wood and anything else you would put on the shelf.

  • Vilma
    Vilma
    on Apr 3, 2019

    Love this idea.

    Could this be hung on wall?

    • Drucifer Green
      Drucifer Green
      on Apr 4, 2019

      I highly doubt that... Im sure even sitting in the floor you would have to be careful where placed it or what you sit on it. But nice idea use for hula hoops.

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Apr 5, 2019

      Works best sitting and it’s stable and strong.. hanging works but you need to use not as wide board

    • Heje
      Heje
      on Apr 11, 2019

      I bet that shelf brackets would give the support needed.

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Jan 2, 2020

      Yes for sure

  • Shirl tilton
    Shirl tilton
    on Apr 4, 2019

    Wow! Im so impressed! Looks amazing! I bet it would be beautiful hanging up too. What on earth gave you this idea. You have a busy adventurous mind. Just Wow! You did good! It is truly beautiful!

    • Jewell
      Jewell
      on Apr 4, 2019

      I totally agree!

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Apr 4, 2019

      Thank you so much!! And to be truthful I tried to hang it on the wall it would be a little too wide and it wants to pull away! Best for the Counter!! 😊 or plant shelf

  • Michele Morgan
    Michele Morgan
    on Apr 4, 2019

    That looks awesome! You must have a big countertop to fit that on it! My only counter space I have is literally less than4" deep and about maybe 20" tops! But possibly less than that. I'm in an RV. Any ideas on making storage on my counter space for make-up? I'm using a little sorter now but I need more space. I was thinking maybe something like this only with narrow shelves as well as more shelves to put stuff on. What do u think?

    • Autumn
      Autumn
      on Apr 4, 2019

      Pinterest rv makeover or something like that. Just do a search on Pinterest!

    • Foghat
      Foghat
      on Apr 4, 2019

      there are lots of ideas on rv groups on facebook rv gadgets is one


    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Apr 4, 2019

      You could leave the back hoop off and mount the shelves to the wall add the front for looks 😊

    • Linda Gail Cross
      Linda Gail Cross
      on Apr 6, 2019

      I bought a make up case on Amazon that is fairly large and has lots of compartments in it and stored mine under the bed and just took out what I needed and put it in a small make up bag I could put in the bathroom cabinet, if you have one. I kept the basics in the small zip bag. Look on Amazon, they are cheaper than Walmart and I'm sure you will find the right size and some are very sturdy and will hold up to traveling.

    • JoAnn
      JoAnn
      on Apr 7, 2019

      I have taken barn wood and attached it to the wall. There are a variety of options, but I attached several sized mason jars to the wood. From there I filled the jars with my daily stuff.

    • Stevie Johnson
      Stevie Johnson
      on Apr 16, 2019

      I say go for it:) Wondering if embroidery hoops could be used to get your smaller sizes? And i know there is a section of lumber in Lowe's -it is NOT lath-, it is thinner than lumber usually is, but still rigid that & would make the smaller shelves more in proportion to your little shelf. Located near the regular boards against the back wall in my local Lowe's.

    • Michele Morgan
      Michele Morgan
      on Apr 16, 2019

      That sounds great. I can use embroidery hoops to make a few small ones with that and use command strips or hooks to scatter them on the two empty walls in my rv bathroom. I can use them for my perfumes and hair accessories and some of the make-up I use regularly. Thank u 4 the idea!

    • Stevie Johnson
      Stevie Johnson
      on Apr 23, 2019

      You're welcome:)

  • Tricia
    Tricia
    on Apr 18, 2019

    Why wouldn't you leave part of the wheel? Now, it's just basically a circle frame. I would have left the bottom half the wagon wheel, and only one shelf running across the middle.

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Apr 18, 2019

      Great you do that 😊 this was a hula hoop for a $1

    • Donna
      Donna
      on Apr 23, 2019

      What wheel? Shelly you made an amazing Floor Display shelving unit. !!! GREAT!!!

    • Kristine McIntyre
      Kristine McIntyre
      on May 24, 2019

      It's not a wagon wheel. It 2 dollar store hola hoops. But a wagon wheel would look just as cute.

  • Suzanne
    Suzanne
    on Jul 4, 2019

    You’re in Gilbert ???

  • Kim
    Kim
    on Jul 11, 2019

    Would you say it's sturdy enough to hang on the wall?

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Jul 12, 2019

      Yes use brackets to support the middle

    • Kim
      Kim
      on Jul 12, 2019

      Thank you so much. I am repainting my bathroom and this would be adorable on the wall!

  • Leslie
    Leslie
    on Jul 11, 2019

    Shelley this is truly an inspired build. Thank you for sharing your process :)

    My question is how sturdy are the hoops once you drilled into them and have you tested how much the whole thing will hold? I am wondering if 4 dowels placed at the corners in between each shelf would help with the structure or attach 4 dowels as you did the bottom ones under the ends of each shelf.

    • Cris
      Cris
      on Jul 27, 2019

      You are absolutely RIGHT ❣ this is definitely one of those creative gears spitting out all kinds of ideas then with your question and suggestions it completely added all kinds of great ideas lol my only hindrance is finding the way to make my idea come to fruition based and your creativities and willingness to take to time to share 💝 thank you. Hopefully, I will be able to share a picture of my end result as well 😊

  • Az
    Az
    on Jan 1, 2020

    Did you attached the dowels by also screwing them to the hoops

  • Hartgirl
    Hartgirl
    on Jan 3, 2020

    I love this idea, I’m just unsure of how those plastic hula hoops sustain the weight of those shelves and then anything put on the shelves, overtime? Is there something I’m missing?

  • Kim
    Kim
    on Feb 2, 2020

    I'm thinking of big hula hoops I had as a kid, and can't imagine it fitting on a bathroom vanity??

    • Shelly L Nemeth
      Shelly L Nemeth
      on Feb 2, 2020

      They come in different sizes but it’s large but then again so in my space

    • G
      G
      on Oct 26, 2020

      They used 24 inch ones which are smaller than those big ones we used as a kid.🙂

  • Brett Langlois
    Brett Langlois
    on Oct 25, 2020

    Are you single?

  • Daisy
    Daisy
    on Oct 26, 2020

    Came out nice only problem I see these hula hoops are super flimsy and not not hold together well, is another piece missing to make them sturdy for the weight of the wood?

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  • Melody Boling Medlock
    Melody Boling Medlock
    on Nov 2, 2020

    I originally seen this project on White Sparrow Living YouTube channel. Theirs was sturdier and able to be hung on a wall. They look a lot better when you remove the foil paper from them before painting as well. If any other crafters like to see high end Dollar Tree projects you should check them out. This is a good idea for free standing shelves though. Others have done this here on Hometalk as well.

    • Mary McDonald
      Mary McDonald
      on Dec 31, 2020

      That may be but we are respectfully on Shelly’s post now and I think it’s super cute and would look great somewhere in my living room!

  • Taylor @ TayRose Design
    Taylor @ TayRose Design
    on Nov 4, 2020

    Not much room on most vanity countertops, but I can see it hung on wall over toilet maybe. Great reuse of hula hoop!

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