How to Make a Hula Hoop Shelf; A Cute Family Command Center

Mitch Couch
by Mitch Couch
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1 Hour

Are you tired of clutter piling up in your entrance? Do you need an inexpensive way to organize your family's belongings? Look no further than this Hula Hoop craft.

In this upcycling project, I'll show you how to create your own Hula Hoop shelf using just a few simple materials and a little bit of creativity. I'll walk you through the steps to build your own DIY entryway shelf with hooks, for hanging keys, hats, and more.

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

Head down to your local craft store and pick up two hula hoops and a small area rug and let’s create this stylish and affordable home decor piece to keep your family organized.

Spray paint the hula hoops in your favorite color to add a pop of personality to your command center

1. Spray Paint the Hula Hoops 

Spray paint the two hula hoops in your preferred color and let them dry. I went with this gorgeous teal color to match our decor.

Use a hula hoop to measure where you need to cut your boards

2. Cut the Boards

Once the paint on the hula hoops has had time to dry, bring them inside and set them on your work table.

Take two 1 x 3 boards (which are three inches wide and one inch thick), and measure and mark the exact cutting points you need using a hula hoop as a guide.

Cut the one-by-three board to fit the hula hoop at a 33-degree angle for a beveled edge

Then, set the saw at about 33 degrees and cut the boards on those marks. This way, the boards will be beveled exactly with the hula hoop.

Place the two boards equal distance apart from each other within the hula hoop

3. Attach the Boards to the Hula Hoops 

Bring the boards back inside and set them the same distance apart from the top and bottom of the hula hoop. 

Add a dab of hot glue to temporarily stick the board to the hula hoop

Mark the spots on the bottom hula hoop where the boards will be attached. Use a few dabs of hot glue on those marks to temporarily hold the board to the bottom of the hula hoop, making sure they are equally spaced on both sides.

Attach the wood to the hula hoops using screws and hot glue to create the structure for the command center

Once the bottom is in place, do the same with the top board matching it perfectly with the bottom. Pre-drill it and use screws that will go through the hula hoop into the wood, making sure they are securely in place.

Place a decorative rug behind the shelf

4. Cut the Rug and Glue it to the Hula Hoops 

I bought an inexpensive rug from Five Below that I will be using as the backing of my shelf. Lay out the rug and place the hula hoop shelf on top making sure the design of the rug is centered. 

Make a mark on the rug around the hula hoop

Using a black marker, mark around the hula hoop on the inside of the rug. This will be your cut line. 

Cut along the marked line

Cut the rug around the line.

Use hot glue to secure the rug to the back of the hula hoop shelf

Glue it to the hula hoops using a hot glue gun; be generous with the glue, as this will ensure that the rug stays in place. Smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles as you go. Make sure the rug is spaced correctly and stuck down securely.

Screw hooks to the sides of the boards

5. Add Hooks to the Entryway Shelf 

Now that the rug is in place, it's time to add some hooks to the family command center. Simply attach them to the board using screws and a screwdriver, spacing them out evenly to ensure your items hang properly. These hooks can be used to hang keys, jackets, or any other items that your family needs to keep organized.

Hide screws with rope

6. Hide the Screws with String 

To finish off the project, use some string to hide the screws you used to attach the hooks to the board. This will give your Hula Hoop Command Center a cleaner and more polished look.

Add candles, plants or other items to decorate your command center

7. Decorate

Hang up your brand new family command center close to the front door and add some of your favorite decorations to give it a personal touch. Pictures, flowers, or any other items that make you feel good are great choices for creating a cozy and welcoming atmosphere.

And to keep everyone in sync, add a family calendar and memo block, and don't forget to use the hooks to hang your keys and hats. This way, you'll have everything at your fingertips, ready to go whenever you need it.


More Hula Hoop Upcycling

For more ideas, check out this gorgeous Hula Hoop Chandelier tutorial.

Hula hoop shelf – your family’s new command center

Hula hoop shelf tutorial

And there you have it – a simple and fun way to upcycle a rug and create an organized entryway.

Building your own DIY hula hoop command center is a fun and creative way to get organized and add a personal touch to your home decor. With just a few supplies, you can create a unique and functional space perfect for keeping your family organized as they are coming and going and displaying your favorite items.. 

So why not give this inexpensive home decor and organizing project a try? Grab your materials, and get started on this fun and easy project today!

Let me know in the comments how your project went!

Suggested materials:
  • Hula hoops
  • Spray paint
  • One-by-three boards
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  • Alice Alice on Apr 25, 2023

    This is interesting and very original, I hope you and yours enjoy being more organized with this fun shelf for years to come.

  • Patty Patty on Apr 28, 2023

    Very pretty and creative