Summer Day Camp | Hula Hoop Hideout

Kids Summer Crafts Hula Hoop Hideout

I am so glad you are joining us for our first ever online Summer Day Camp project. My kids and I had a great time making these Hula Hoop Hideouts and they hung in the trees for days while the kids continued to play in them and eat snacks in them. (I was hoping I would get lucky and someone would actually fall asleep in one.) If your kids are like mine they will love having their own hideout.


  • Hula Hoop (Mine are from Dollar Tree for $1 each)
  • Safety Pins
  • Twine or Rope
  • Tulle and/or Ribbon (Mine is from Jo-Anns Dollar bin)
  • Sheets
  • Scissors
  • Cushions and Blankets

How To:

  1. Pin the top edge of the sheet to the hula hoop by folding the sheet over and pinning it to itself. (see pic below)
  2. Use twine to create a hanger to tie your hideout to the tree with. I used two long pieces of twine and tied each piece to opposite sides of the hula hoop. The two pieces then criss-crossed over each other. I tied the two together where they criss-crossed with another piece of twine. Later I used that piece to actually tie the hoop into the tree.
  3. Tie on tulle and ribbons or any other embellishments you have. (see pic below)
  4. Hang the hideout from a tree branch.
  5. Add blankets and cushions underneath your fort so you can be nice and comfy.
  6. Take a little nap or eat a snack inside your new hideout.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Visit here next week to see our next Summer Day Camp project by Amanda from Ninth Street Notions.

* Click on the thumbnails below to see them full-size.


  1. I’m anxious to keep up with this series- I’ve been looking for camping crafts we can do during our two trips coming up! These hula hoop tents would make the cutest addition to our campsite and give the kids somewhere to catch some alone time when they need. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. What a sweet way to spend the summer. I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing on Show & Tell at SNAP!

    xoxo, Tauni

  3. Korah Smith says:

    what a great idea!! i am gonna make this but i am going to hang this up in a corner inside the house for a quiet spot.. my son and my daycare kids will love it!!

  4. Beautiful, I bet my kids will love this so much. Can’t wait for summer days!!!

  5. This is AWESOME! My niece is going to love this!!

  6. I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your hideout! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

  7. Blythe says:

    Super cute! I was also thinking you could use a plastic shower curtain and rings. That way you could leave it up outside. Not sure how I would cover the top but if its in a tree there may be enough shade you wouldn’t have to.

  8. Great Idea for outside shower. There is no tree near pump house, but I can see a 2×4 arm extended from the outside wooden wall to hang the hoola shower! Shower rings and a shorten length will work with a bar of soap encased in netting hanging from a shower ring as a soap ‘keeper’. Large plastic bag holding towel for forgetful times.

  9. That is such a fun idea. Our little ones would love it. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  10. LOVE this! I just picked up a couple of sheets at a yard sale to make my girls dresses. This project looks like much more fun!!

    • That is why I bought the sheets too. To make some sewing projects and dresses. We made these forts and had them up for awhile and then later I took them apart when the weather cooled off and I still have to sheets to sew something with! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. We loved this idea and is a great way of keeping the kids out of the hot sun.

  12. christine says:

    From the dollor stoe get shower rings from the dollar general store get a plastic patterned shower curtain for 3.00 this makes it waterproof and easy to clean. Hang on hoop hang from tree and let the imagination fly. This also makes a great camping shower.

  13. The are so cute. I wish I had known how to do this when my kids were little. Have to make one for the great-granddaughter.

  14. Thanks for the cool idea , I was thinking if you used a shower curtain you could use the hooks too easier to put together .. The grandkids will love it

  15. Jenifer y. says:

    I was just wondering what size sheet did you use for this project?

  16. You could also hang from ceiling plant hook for rainy day fun.

  17. I’m a little confused on how to put the ribbon in the twine on can you please help me this is an awesome idea thank you

    • Do you mean how to tie the twine on and hang it in the tree? Or how to add the ribbons that are hanging down? – Alanna

  18. lisa hinson says:

    This is so cool. Can’t wait to try this for my girls.

  19. Linda Kern says:

    I think I would make it a little easier. I would take my sheet (a full size would make a bigger tent at the bottom. Fold it into three equal parts and make a small cut at each fold in the pocket part at the top of the sheet where the big hem is, cut the hoola hoop and thread the sheet onto the hoola hoop. Tape the hoola hoop back together where you cut it with duct tape. Tie your twine on the hoola hoop where you made the three slits plus where the sheet meets on the hoola hoop (it should be at 12, 3, 6 and 12 on the hoola hoop and then proceed to tie it in a branch. That way my grandson would not be tempted to dismantal it and play with the safety pins. You can get kid themed sheets at the goodwill for two bucks.


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