Here is how to make this DIY hula hoop love sign. I came across a post from Style Me Pretty showing a hula hoop ribbon photo display and wanted to recreate one myself for a bridal shower I was hosting. Let me tell you, this was the easiest DIY and completely made the display at the party! You can see the full bridal shower here for more inspiration. I decided not to do the photos in the original tutorial to make it more of a backdrop, but you can get creative with the center based on the party you’re hosting or the decorative spot you’re using it for. Here are the steps to recreate it yourself!
Head here next to see how a video on how I put the entire bridal shower together!
1 hula hoop
Greenery (I used fresh silver dollar eucalyptus)
Command Hooks or hammer +nails
How to make a DIY Love Hula Hoop Sign
spray paint the hula hoop
Outside in a well-ventilated area, spray paint the hula hoop and let it dry before flipping it over and spraying the other side. I did this the day before adding the flowers to be safe but it dries fairly quickly. I sprayed on top of a huge cardboard box sitting in my garage, but I usually like to paint on a cheap shower curtain to save the grass or whatever you’re crafting on. I didn’t do any prep work to the hula hoop beforehand, and I liked how the roughness of the plastic made it look almost foiled. My hula hoop was actually 10 years old 🙂
add fake florals
I pulled the florals from the stems and played with the arrangement on the hula hoop. I added the biggest florals in the center and trickled out to smaller buds. I used a different amount on the other side so it wasn’t perfectly symmetrical. I recommend purchasing bushes of florals verse individual stems to save money and they easily pop off the stems. I purchased all of mine from Michaels, along with the wood cut out LOVE sign I used in the center. Cut strips of floral tape and wrap the base of the floral around the hula hoop. You will definitely need scissors to cut this tape! I made sure to hide the tape behind the flowers. Feel free to use real flowers if your heart desires… I definitely didn’t have the time the morning of to make it fresh.
Top Right: 3 large florals, two small spray roses, 2 ranunculus, 3 smaller buds
Bottom Left: one large flower, 2 spray roses, 2 smaller buds
It didn’t seem finished with just the florals, so I used the floral tape to trickle fresh silver dollar eucalyptus around the hoop. Make sure to tape in areas where the leaves will hide it if you can! I decided to keep the natural wood of the love sign but feel free to paint it if you’d like. I contemplated applying marble contact paper to the sign, but I didn’t think the amount of time for that project would be worth it or necessary. FYI I put the greenery on the day of the shower to keep it fresh in water as long as possible.
how to hang it
I used a command hook to hold the hula hoop and placed the love sign on hooks from a painting that was already there. You can also use a nail if you don’t mind the holes. It was easiest to hang the love sign first then center the hula hoop around it
Here is a quick video of the process! Not the best angles.. but hopefully you find it helpful!
xo Amanda John