I finally survived the DIY that I very much underestimated on supplies. If you follow along on Instagram, you might have seen a few of my past stories where I shared my DIY fail and had to wait for more feathers to come in the mail. This DIY has definitely been an interesting one but I’m actually so happy with the final product! I know that’s not really a good way to get you all excited to try this one out for yourself but hey, I figured it out the hard way so you don’t have to! You might remember my post a while back talking about the history and some details on the juju hat trend, and how I wanted to try and make one myself due to the outrageous prices of real, authentic ones. If you’ve been on the hunt for one of these to add to your home maybe you’ll find this DIY helpful to get you started!
What you need:
1. Coque Rooster Tail Feathers – I used 3 packs of 100 pcs. and I found these to be the best deal! Just make sure to note the shipping time is longer than normal. The key to getting the full look is also in the type of feather you use… the coque rooster tail feathers have a whispy feel to them, they definitely help with the entire look and feel that a juju hat needs.
2. Round Placemat – I used one that was more of a natural rope/jute material with a backing. I found that the hot glue and feathers stuck better to the natural fibers in the rope, it also gave me a good reference for my layers. The backing was great for cutting a hole to hang with too.
3. Hot Glue Gun/ Glue Sticks – Make sure you have lots of glue sticks for this one. I had to have gone through an entire bag. You don’t want to have any loose feathers falling off the wall once you hang your pretty juju hat!
Layers – I have 4 layers in my juju hat. The first layer, which was the largest and closest to the outer edge used an entire pack of 100 feathers. I was able to split up my other 200 feathers for the next 3 layers. Keeping 32 of the nicest looking ones for the center. Make sure when you glue the feather stems down, they are all really tight and close to each other – this is key for making it look full.
300 Feathers – If I could give you any advice, the more “full” your juju hat is, the better so don’t mess around with my suggestion of 300 feathers. I probably could have even gone for a fourth pack if we’re being honest but I made it work and I love how it turned out. However, if you were to compare my DIY to an authentic juju hat, you can definitely tell mine is a DIY just by how flat the center of mine is. I would say mine is more feminine in a way…
Quadrants – I split the last layer (the top and smallest layer) into 4 quadrants to make sure that I filled up the space properly and the stems were evenly distributed and weren’t all overlapping in one spot. After making the 4 quadrants in glue, I separated my last 32 feathers into 4 groups and glued them one by one. You also want to be sure that your stems all meet in the center so you are covering the placemat completely.
Feather Position – Lastly, Make sure you are gluing your feathers down “backwards”. I say backwards because you might already be looking at the fronts of the feathers… you know, the pretty side. In order to get the full look that fans out and makes the juju hat look really 3D, flip those feathers around so they flip and curve inwards to the center. Another way to be sure you’re looking at the right side is when you can see the center boning facing upwards.
Placemat – First, using a round placemat helps you with the shape of the juju hat. Second, while the placemat does the obvious by keeping the whole thing together – it also gives you a flat surface on the backside for hanging your juju hat after you are done with your DIY. I loved how easy it was to pop a nail in the wall and hang it after I cut a small hole in the backing of the placemat.