Easy DIY JuJu Inspired Art Masterpiece

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JuJu hats are a beautiful new trend in home decor, but they can come with a hefty price tag. In just a couple of hours you can create your own JuJu inspired art masterpiece without breaking the bank. All you need is a shadowbox frame, spray paint and feathers to re-create this beloved African headdress.

(Image: Summer Hogan)
DIY JuJu Inspired Art
DIY JuJu Inspired Art (Image: JuJu Hat Inspired Art)

Things You'll Need

  • Shadowbox frame
  • Foam board
  • Box cutter or X-Acto knife
  • White feathers (100 count)
  • Spray paint 
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Foam board
  • Gem stone or medallion

Step 1: Cut the Foam Board to Size

Measure the inside of your shadowbox frame and cut your foam board so that it will fit snugly inside. Hot glue the foam board to the shadowbox backing.

Measure your foam board
Measure your foam board (Image: JuJu Hat Inspired Art)
Cut your foam board
Cut your foam board (Image: JuJu Hat Inspired Art)

Step 2: Separate the Feathers

Lay your feathers on the foam board in layers of circles starting from the outside and moving to the center. Count how many feathers you need in each circular row and separate them into groups according to their row. This 20-by-20-inch frame fits four rows of feathers.

Tip

  • Feathers are easy to find on sites like Ebay or Amazon.

Layer feathers the foam board
Layer feathers the foam board (Image: JuJu Hat Inspired Art)
Separate feathers into groups
Separate feathers into groups (Image: JuJu Hat Inspired Art)

Step 3: Spay Paint Feathers

Using the first color for the outer row, hold your feather by the tip and lightly spray on one coat of paint. Repeat this for the next row and color until all feathers are painted.

Hold feathers by the tip to paint
Hold feathers by the tip to paint (Image: JuJu Hat Inspired Art)

Tip

  • Use similar shades of the same color to achieve an ombre affect.

Spray paint in four colors
Spray paint in four colors (Image: JuJu Hat Inspired Art)
Spray paint feathers
Spray paint feathers (Image: JuJu Hat Inspired Art)

Step 4: Position Feathers and Glue

Once the feathers are dry, lay the outer row on the foam board in a circle. Using your hot glue gun, glue the tip of each feather to the board. You can be generous with the glue since the tips will be covered up by the next row of feathers. Repeat this step until you have glued each row of feathers down and have reached the center.

Tip

  • You may need to cut the tips of the feathers off for the center row so they fit in a tight circle.

Position first layer of feathers
Position first layer of feathers (Image: JuJu Hat Inspired Art)
Layer for rows of feather
Layer for rows of feather (Image: JuJu Hat Inspired Art)

Step 5: Finish the Look

Hot glue a small round object, like a faux gem stone or medallion, to the center of your feathers to cover the tips from your last row. This will give the piece a finished look. Hang and style your stunning new artwork.

Add center faux jewel or medallion
Add center faux jewel or medallion (Image: JuJu Hat Inspired Art)
Style your new art masterpiece
Style your new art masterpiece (Image: JuJu Hat Inspired Art)

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