I thought it would be perfect, all glowy and suspended in a perfect circle. The challenge turned out to be finding somewhere that sells hula hoops. Hint: don't go to dollar stores, Target, Wal-mart, Walgreens, or the seasonal section at the grocery store. And this was in the middle of July, prime summertime hula hooping season! I had to venture out to Toys R Us, where they only had three different color choices: obnoxious orange, pesky pink, and goblin green (and yes, these were the official names). I went with the orange, as I thought it would be the easiest one to blend in to the rest of my decor.
But no. It does the practical task of lighting the area quite well, but it draws unnecessary attention and looks nothing like the ethereal, subtle, blurry twinkle lights that pinterest was advertising. It could be worse though, and I guess it hasn't really bothered me enough that I've taken it down yet. So you win Pinterest, you win.
(photos collected from pinterest, and by e.hunt)