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Make This Easy DIY Juju Hat In An Afternoon

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Inside: This DIY Juju hat is an easy and quick project to spruce up your home. Once you have the supplies you can get it done in a few hours!

The first time I saw a Juju hat I was scrolling on Pinterest.

It was so unique and beautiful I instantly fell in love!

Once I finished our master bedroom decor, I knew the space above our bed was missing something.

When I saw the gorgeous JuJu hats I knew that’s what I wanted to complete the space.

However, buying one of these hats from a retailer is pricey. They cost anywhere from $80-$300! And even more, if you want a set!

Luckily, I found this really easy tutorial over on A Beautiful Mess. I loved following their tutorial, but I tweaked the process along the way and wanted to share my own DIY Juju hat process.

What is an African Juju Hat?

White Juju hat above a master bed.

The Juju Hat is originally from Cameroon, where it’s called the Bamileke or Tyn hat.

For hundreds of years, the Bamileke tribes have been creating these hats for their tribal chiefs, royal families and dignitaries to wear during tribal ceremonies.

The hats are significant when an elder dies as it is passed down to the next in line who may inherit the wealth and standing of the person that has died.

Juju hats are also worn during festivities and ceremonial dances.

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Materials needed to make a DIY Juju hat sit on a table.

Juju Hat Materials

Cost: $40

4.5 yards of feather trim

Placemat
Scissors
Thread
Straight pins
Sewing Machine
Glue gun

Juju Hat DIY Tutorial

Time: 1 hour

First, you’ll want to pin the feather trim around the outer edge of the place mat. I put them about every 1.5″ or so. It doesn’t have to be exact. Once you’ve pinned the first section, you want to overlap the beginning of the circle about an 1″ of trim and cut the rest of the trim off.

Juju hat DIY in progress.Woman working on Juju hat feather wall hanging.DIY Juju hat in progress on a table.Juju hat in sewing machine.

Next, put the place mat in your sewing machine and stitch the trim to the place mat.

Repeat this process with another layer of feather trim.

Juju hat feathersPinned feathers on DIY Juju hat.

For the third and fourth layers, flip the trim so the feathers are facing the wrong way. This will add some dimension to the Juju hat.

For the fifth layer, face the trim to the right way and pin and stitch it to the place mat.

DIY juju hat almost completed.

From here on out I used the hot glue. I pinned two more circles of feather trim to the center so the entire placemat was covered.

But finishing the Juju hat was a little tricky.

I had enough feather trim left, but I didn’t know how to place them to get the fluffy effect I was going for. So I made a circle of trim and glued it standing straight up instead of laying it flush against the placemat like I had previously.

I added a few random feathers as needed and ended up with the final result!

Nearly done DIY juju hat.White juju hat feather wall hanging.

I had to do some additional gluing to get everything placed how I wanted and even trimmed down some of the middle feathers so they wouldn’t be sticking out so far.

I also added a very technical (ahem, not!) hanger on the back. I just used a seam ripper and tied some string in a knot. Then I hot glued it back together.

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The Finished Product

I am really happy with how the project turned out!

It’s very forgiving and there’s almost no mistake you can make that can’t be fixed with a few extra feathers.

I was kind of on the fence about it when I first put it up, but it’s definitely grown on me and looks great in our master.

Feather Juju hat above master bed.Juju hat wall decor.Juju hat master bedroom decor.White Juju hat on a bedroom wall.

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Your Turn

So tell me, do you like the Juju hat look? Do you think it looks good above our bed?

Try this easy DIY Juju hat tutorial, and let me know your feedback in the comments!

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This Juju hat DIY is so easy and makes the perfect decor!

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Sarah

Thursday 27th of August 2020

Did you have a very heavy duty needle? I’ve broken three in just the outer edge!

Jessica Ashcroft

Thursday 27th of August 2020

I don't think so! I'm not a big sewing machine buff, but it's just the one that came with my machine. Did you get the same placemat and feathers that I listed? You can also use hot glue if the machine isn't working, I just wanted to make sure it was super secure.

Jessica

Sunday 12th of January 2020

Hello! I don’t sew - do you think adhesive tape would work? Also - the last step, standing the feathers straight up confused me. Can you explain for a non crafty person?

jessicalyne

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

Hi Jessica! It probably would! It's worth a try! I think hot glue would be another great option. I'm so sorry that part was confusing...I kind of made it up as I went. So I basically cut down the feathers so they weren't sticking so far out and just randomly glued them in the middle. I did them standing up to give it some more shape and to fill in the middle. I hope that makes sense!

Lauren

Wednesday 24th of July 2019

Hi! When in the process did you use the Amazon feathers and when did you switch to the Etsy feathers?

jessicalyne

Thursday 25th of July 2019

Hi Lauren! I can't remember, honestly! I'm pretty sure I started out using one type and then realized I would need more so I ordered the other type. As long as you have 5 yards total you should be fine! They matched really well though. I couldn't tell a difference!

Janice

Monday 8th of July 2019

Looks great!

jessicalyne

Thursday 11th of July 2019

Thank you Janice!

Socorro Garcia

Monday 8th of July 2019

The project was very reasonable. Where did you get the feathers so inexpensively? Thank you.

jessicalyne

Thursday 11th of July 2019

I linked them under the supply list! They are from Amazon and Etsy!