DIY – Juju Hat: the hot new wall decoration
WHERE DOES THE NAME “JUJU HAT” COME FROM?
Juju Hats are hats worn by the Bamileke people of Cameroon during ritualistic ceremonies in honor of the chief (i.e., the “Fon”). These headdresses symbolize prosperity.
Juju hats are generally made from chicken feathers, guinea fowl feathers or feathers from other types of fowl. They are braided on wooden rods and then attached to a rattan base, which requires hours of work!
HOW TO MAKE A JUJU HAT IN JUST A FEW MINUTES:
- glue gun with glue sticks
- picture fasteners
- feather ribbons (approximately 4m)
- can of spray paint (optional)
- shells (optional)
You can find most of these things at a craft store.
STEPS FOR MAKING A JUJU HAT:
- Cut out cardboard circles of varying diameters. (To trace perfect circles, use plates, bowls, glasses, etc.)
- Glue the picture fastener a few centimeters from the edge (if necessary, sew it with a needle and thread):
- Glue the base of the feather ribbon along the edges of the cardboard (go quickly, as the glue dries quickly!). Press hard to make it stick.
When you have gone around once, leave an extra 1 cm to glue on top of that to close your circle:
- Repeat this step until you can no longer form circles.
To fill in the center of the Juju Hat, glue feathers one by one.
To taper off the center of the Juju Hat, cut your feathers in half and stack them until you can no longer see the cardboard:
- If you want to cover the ribbon differently, glue on some shells or other decorations.
- To take customization a step further, you can spray the feathers with spray paint (here, in copper).
(The Mooon! lamp can be seen in the photo!)
So, are you ready to begin?