In the Game of Thrones, you win or you die – unless you make your own and leave Westeros with the original!
To clarify, this guide is how to make a throne chair for small kids (or in my case dogs). However, you can apply this method to create a bigger version, if you wish.
List of Materials
- Chair (shocker, I know) – if you want to be ambitious you could make this yourself, however, I purchased a plastic Adirondack one off eBay to save time (and probably my sanity too).
- Hot glue gun
- Lots and lots of hot glue (I used nearly two packs worth from Hobbycraft)
- Permanent marker or similar
- Craft foam – I had about 10 A4 sheets left over and also brought 40 extra online.
- EVA foam mat/cardboard/thick craft foam – this will be used for the back ‘spikes’ of the sword. I purchased some 10mm thick, high-density craft foam but feel free to use what you have to hand.
- Precision craft knife set
- Primer and grey paint – (I highly recommend using spray can’s here to get an even coating)
- Black/White acrylic paints (to make different shades of grey)
- Silver acrylic paint
- Paintbrush / Sponge / Paper towels – stuff to paint with and clear up mistakes basically!
Step by Step Guide
Step 1) First you need to pad out the chair and create the back spikes with foam/cardboard. I drew around the chair as if it were a template and then cut it out using a precision craft knife and fixed all the pieces into place with hot glue.
Step 2) Find or draw a sword outline to use as a template – I grabbed one from google and altered it using illustrator to the size I needed. Print and cut the template out of the craft foam using scissors – you will need lots, I fitted 3 to an A4 sheet and used about 11/12.
Step 3) Next cut the remaining craft foam into strips and begin layering up the chair (using hot glue to stick it down). Be patient here as it takes a lot of time and, although you will be adding the sword templates to the final layer (which will hide unsightly edges), you still want to ensure that it looks the part.
Please be aware that the image on the far right isn’t complete – you will still need to add more strips from the top to cover the entire chair
Step 4) Once you are happy with your layers you can begin adding the swords – I tried to create a symmetry between both sides for mine but place them however you feel fits. For the armrests, I wanted to give it a slightly more 3D effect so let the hilt of the swords stick up a little.
Step 5) As soon as you’re happy with the layered effect, it’s ready to prime and paint. I used spray paints – the first layer was a primer coat and the second was in grey to use as a base.
Note: If you do use spray paints. make sure you are in an open space or a well-ventilated room and give plenty of time between layers for them to dry.
Step 6) At this point, you could leave the chair as it is. However, I wanted to age it a little and give it a bit more of a rustic look so I mixed the white and black paint together and started adding in some shade in different tones.
I also used the silver to highlight some of the blades – giving them a slight sheen when the light caught.
Here is a before/after picture of the shading (if you ignore the splodges of silver I had already begun applying on the left image).
Once the chair is dry you are free to do with it as you please – We went on to make some other Game of Thrones tidbits and created a studio set for a Mika Monday shoot that you can check out here.
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