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?
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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Juju Hat Materials
4.5 yards of feather trim
- I bought 4 yards of these white goose feathers
- And 1 yard of these white goose feathers
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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Tuesday 19th of July 2022
I think it is so beautiful, don't ever be on the fence about it. I'm doing a white on white tiny powder room and I want to make this, just a bit smaller. Well done. 😀
Tuesday 19th of July 2022
Thank you Lori!
Sunday 22nd of August 2021
Hi, can I use my glue gun to attach the feathers as I don't have a sewing machine?
Monday 23rd of August 2021
Yes you can totally use a glue gun!
Thursday 27th of August 2020
Did you have a very heavy duty needle? I’ve broken three in just the outer edge!
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.
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?
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!
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?
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!