DIY African Juju Hat

Hi there! Here is a little crafting project I decided to tackle earlier in the week. It was easy peasy, and you can do it too! So, I have been wanting an African Juju Hat to whack on one of my walls, but they are a little pricey and I happened to see a few tutorials on Pinterest on how to make one, so I thought I would give it a go! If you google DIY Juju Hat, there are lots of tutorials actually…

The hardest part was finding the feathers. I could buy them from overseas, but these are real bleached rooster feathers, so I needed a certificate to get them in to the country and I wasn’t doing that! Anyway, after a few weeks of searching on and off, I found these.

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Things you’ll need:

  • 1 piece of thick cardboard {I bought 2 incase I made a boo boo}
  • Stapler, pencil, stanley knife/scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • 3 x metres of Coque Strung Feathers {I purchased mine from Feather.com.au. I chose white feathers & they are 130mm-180mm long}

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This is what the feathers look like when they are strung together. They are very soft and fragile so you do need to be careful with them.

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Of course you need to make a circle so I found a platter plate what the perfect size! It was 4ocm in diameter. The finished size will be about 65cm. The retail shops sell the African Juju Hats in multiple sizes and the 70cm ones are roughly $650 to purchase.

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Then we cut around the circle and created a little dip in the shape. So cut a line to the centre, fold it over and staple it together like the photo above.

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Start glueing the outer row of feathers all the way around. Then I did a second row (about 4-5 cm in from the first row). I then did a very small 3rd row. I had NO feathers left at all, so if you’re following my exact measurements you need to be careful you don’t run out! Order a little extra if you’re not confident.

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I found random feathers all over the kitchen because it was so fragile and bits were flying everywhere! I gathered them up and got out the craft glue (not the hot glue gun as it’s HOT and you can’t stick your fingers in the glue to manipulate the position of the feathers) and I started placing them in any gaps I could see.

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And here she is!!

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I moved her from above the butler’s tray (which was a surprise gift from A-M – you can buy here!) because I realised the heater vent was straight above it and it kept blowing the feathers. Anyway, for now I have moved it to my entrance. I could have put it in so many places throughout my home. I love it :)

What did this project cost, you ask? Well like I mentioned above, the retail stores sell 70cm ones for $650. My version is 65cm and cost me $180 including the cardboard and glue (I have just noticed the feather shop has reduced their pricing, so hurry for those!). That’s a fraction of the cost! I bought the feathers, the glue gun and the cardboard.

Now, what do you think? Do you think you’ll give it a go? Let me know if you do!

Have a great Friday! I have some lamp shades to cover today. :)

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21 Comments

  • Ness Lockyer
    July 5, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Love it!! I’m off to get me some feathers…with some extra, because I’m sure to not follow exactly

  • Chris R
    July 5, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I love this and you are so clever but I hate feathers, hate them. They come from birds and they fly and I hate them too .. :p
    Sadly I could not even touch the feathers to make it.
    Well done though, it looks amazing Katrina.
    Great satisfaction when you can do it yourself and save some dollars.
    Have a great day.

    • Katrina
      Katrina
      July 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Oh this makes me laugh! Haha. Oh well, we all have our “thing”. 😉

  • Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    July 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Oh Katrina that looks absolutely awesome huni – I LOVE it! xx

  • Ange Thistleton
    July 4, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Love it!!!

  • Tahnee Parsakia
    July 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    you are so bloody clever, katrina! fabulous :)

  • Ness
    July 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Wow! that’s amazing! I have wanted a Juju hat for so long, but couldn’t justify the cost! I do hate feathers and birds though, but WOW!

  • Sherie
    July 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Well done, It looks gorgeous! I’m tempted x

  • Maxabella
    July 5, 2013 at 11:32 am

    That looks really great, Katrina. I’m not sure how I feel about DIYing an African artefact in my spare time, though… but that’s probably just me!?! x

  • Lucy
    July 5, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Love it! I too have wanted a juju hat for some time but the price has curbed the enthusiasm! I have just ordered white and magenta feathers, I am going to make the very middle row magenta as I have seen it once, looked very cool! Thanks!

  • MM
    July 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    WOW – that looks fabs!! Would look great in a bright colour as well! Great idea!

  • Vicki
    July 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Feathers ordered!!!!! Hope I can do it as beautifully as yours :-)

  • Joanne
    July 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    So clever! Have been wanting to do this myself for awhile but haven’t got around to it! Looks fantastic. Great post! I would like to make a teal one!

  • Erica Tamburro
    July 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Great job Katrina. It looks amazing. Just a question though. How did it cost you $180 if feathers are $5.50 a metre and you used 3 metres (or am I getting this meterage wrong).

    • Katrina
      Katrina
      July 6, 2013 at 6:32 am

      The feathers were $5.50 x 3m = $165 + cardboard and glue :)

    • Angel
      July 6, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      It looks great Katrina. I’ve just admired these from afar, it never occurred to me to actually DIY one. I probably still won’t! Haha. For Erica; the feathers are $5.50 (or reduced when I looked $2.50) per 10cm. So for 1m they are $55..Be careful when ordering, you’ll need to enter 10 for every metre you would like. So for Katrina’s measurements you would enter 30 in the Qty field.

      • Erica Tamburro
        July 6, 2013 at 11:19 pm

        Thanks for getting back to me Katrina and Angel. I get it now lol. Looks very beautiful though

  • Julie-Ann
    August 18, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Wow you are such a clever Chickie. This is stunning and such a bargain. Well done lovely:)

  • Amy
    October 18, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Katrina, I loved this! I always googled for DIY projects but they all seemed either hard and far fetched or not-so-pretty to me. This was so doable. I made one myself and it looks gorgeous. I go and pay my juju hat a visit every hour now.. 😛 .. It feels so good too to have made something.. Onto the herringbone painting on canvas now.. Thanks a lot for such wonderful posts..

  • Lilyfieldlife
    January 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    hi Katrina – quick question – is yours concave or convex? – it’s not sure what they are meant to be. I think from google it’s meant to be concave? i’m about to start making one and just want to get it right. thanks fiona

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