Like everyone else, I’m obsessed with the new season of Game of Thrones. So it’s only natural that I would decide to make my own Iron Throne, right?
I started searching online for a Game of Thrones Iron Throne DIY tutorial, but to be honest, they were all way above my skill level or involved tinfoil, which wasn’t what I was after. My requirements? Must not break the bank or involve any kind of woodcutting machinery. (Are your skills more advanced than mine? Damn Good Shindig shares how to make an awesome DIY Iron Throne thats a level up from mine. Note: This tutorial involves power tools, & that’s beyond me!)
(Note: Shiba Inu not included.)
DIY Iron Throne
Since one of my prerequisites was not spending a lot of money on this DIY Iron Throne, I decided I wanted to make something that I could attach to one of my kitchen chairs. Plus, this allowed me to not have a huge Iron Throne in my house, but one that could come out whenever the moment was right and be stored easily the rest of the time. My solution? An Iron Throne attachment that includes velcro straps to attach it to one of my kitchen table chairs.
What you need:
- 1 straight back kitchen chair
- 1 large cardboard box (new and unfolded)
- 1 piece of poster board (any color)
- 1 can of spray paint: Rust-Oleum, Hammered
- 13 wooden yard stakes
Total cost: roughly $25
- Box cutter
- Sharpie marker
- Masking tape
- Hot glue gun and glue gun sticks
I found all of my supplies at Walmart. I had no idea what I was going to use for swords, but when I stumbled upon wooden yard stakes (with sticky adhesive already on the back!), I knew I had found my solution. Try finding this item near the yard sale and for sale signs. You will also need 1 large cardboard box, which can be found near the envelopes in the office supplies. Depending on the size of your chair, the amount of cardboard you need will vary, so pick the largest size available. It’s also important to buy a box that is unfolded, rather than using an existing box you may have assembled at home. This will help your cardboard to not have creases or folds. For spray paint, I chose a can of Rust-Oleum in the “hammered” color. In addition to the primary items, you will also need a piece of poster board to make straps to hold the back of your throne to your chair, and velcro to keep your straps attached to the back of your throne.
First, measure the back of your chair and cut a piece of cardboard which leaves at least 2.5 inches extra on the left and right sides, and at least 4 inches on the top. Depending on the size and shape of your chair, feel free to adjust these measurements to best fit your chair.
Next, to give the back of your throne a natural shape, you may want to taper the bottom width of your cardboard to line up with the size of the seat of your chair.
To keep your throne back attached to your chair, cut two pieces of poster board into strips.
Attach velcro pieces to the poster board strips and to the back of your cardboard so that the poster board can act as support to keep your Iron Throne in place when on your chair.
Next, tape your wooden stakes onto the front of your cardboard using masking tape. Note: do not use a lot of tape to do this and do not worry about what the tape looks like. This step is only to lay out your swords and review their spacing.
In addition to your 13 wooden yard sticks, I also cutout 8 swords from my leftover cardboard to add extra dimension to my throne. Feel free to get as elaborate as you’d like.
Once you’ve spaced your swords (aka wooden yard sticks and cardboard) to your liking, trace a line with a Sharpie marker at the bottom of each stick to mark their place. After all of your sticks have been marked (you’ll be happy you did this later!), remove all of the masking tape and set the sticks aside.
Detach your cardboard from your chair and lay it on a flat surface. Starting with the uppermost row of swords, apply your wooden sticks to the cardboard using the adhesive backing. If your sticks do not have adhesive backing, or if additional support is needed, use a hot glue gun to adhere the sticks to the cardboard.
Once all sticks are placed and stuck to the cardboard, secure any overlapping swords with hot glue.
If you have extra bits of cardboard, feel free to add several crossguards cut out of leftover cardboard for some added detail and dimension.
Once your glue has dried, it’s time for the spray paint. Make sure to work in a well ventilated area with a paint sheet or newspaper underneath your throne to catch the extra paint. Spray your entire throne, including the sides of your swords, and let it dry. Once it is dry enough to gently touch, pick up any sword that may need paint underneath it and cover any thin spots or areas you may have missed.
Let your throne dry over night. Once it is completely dry, re-glue any areas that may need secured.
And finally, attach your Iron Throne to your kitchen chair with your poster board straps.
Now take a seat on your throne, and rule your kingdom.
*cue GOT theme song*
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Since every Queen needs a crown, I had to wear my Wonder Woman tiara. I think Diana Prince would make a great ruler, don’t you?
Now that I have my very own Game of Throne’s Iron Throne, I feel like it’s only appropriate for me to plan a Game of Thrones brunch! (Because planning my Harry Potter brunch was so much fun!) Who has ideas to bring Westeros to life? Share them in the comment section below.
Until next time,
The Mother of Shibas