DIY a Juju Hat and Pay Homage to Cameroon's Rich Culture

2 Materials
30 Minutes

Today I want to show you how to DIY a Juju hat, a traditional feather headdress worn by tribes people in Cameroon.

It has become popular in the west to adorn your walls with these gorgeous pieces. Buying one of these in stores will cost you a lot of money, but I'll show you how to make your own for a fraction of the cost.

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

Poster board and a dinner plate

1. Start the DIY Juju hat tutorial by gathering your materials

You will need a piece of poster board and a dinner plate.

Using the dinnerplate as guide to draw a circle on the board

2. Draw circles

Use the dinner plate as a template to draw two circles on the poster board.


Cutting out the circle from the poster board

3. Cut out the circles

Use scissors to cut each circle out of the poster board.

Cutting a clit into the circle

You also need to cut a slit from the edge of the circle to its center.

Dabbing hot glue down the slit

4. Create the hat base

After that, overlap the two sides slightly, one over the other, and use hot glue to secure them together.

DIY African juju hat

It will create a concave piece that sort of looks like a wide-brimmed hat. 

Sticking feather trim to the edge of the hat base

5. Add feathers to the DIY Juju hat

Pick up some feather trim from a craft store. I chose goose feathers because there were brown and white and I liked that look however you can use any color and any style that you like. Be sure the feathers are in trim form because they are easier to work with.  

How to make a Juju hat with feathers

Start along the outer edge of the paper circle and use hot glue to attach the feather trim.

When you get back to where you started, snip the rest of the trim off and secure the end with hot glue.  

How to make a Juju hat wall hanging

Next, move about 2 inches further into the center of the circle and continue sticking your feather trim down making sure they overlap.

You don't want to see the satin ribbon of the trim, so make sure to cover it with the next row of feathers as you are working your way in.

Filling in the DIY juju hat with feathers

When you get to the middle of the circle, use a few smaller pieces to fill it in. The goal is for it to appear full.  

Adhering individual pieces of feathers onto the center of the hat

To make sure the last bits of ribbon are covered, pull a few individual feathers from the trim and hot glue them into the middle.

Adding shells to the center of the DIY Juju hat to finish it off

6. Add the final touches

For the final finishing touches, pick up a few small shells and hot glue them to the center. I really love the look of the shells to finish it off but you can use whatever you like to embellish it.  

DIY juju hat

DIY Juju Hat Tutorial

This was a super simple craft to make and because they're large, they are eye-catching and look expensive.

I hope this has inspired you to go create your own DIY African juju hat. Let me know if you decide to make one and share the results!

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  • Leslie Leslie on Feb 20, 2022

    Hi Sarah, Thank you so much for posting such a great way of translating these hats into something just as beautiful as the real thing. :)

  • Kat Kramer-Satterfield Kat Kramer-Satterfield on May 10, 2023

    I made a larger one for my daughter-in-laws birthday. It turned out fantastic!!

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