I made this cardboard Iron Throne inspired by HBO’s Game of Thrones for my very regal and deserving cat Arthur.¬†Formerly, he was always hanging out in this sad, old cardboard box.

When I first started making this project, I’ll be honest and say I had no idea where it was going to end up. Many of my projects start that way. But thankfully I took several pictures so I can show what I did.

Iron Throne Cat Bed

For this project, I used:

— A few cardboard boxes. Size depends on how large you want the final project to be. You’ll also need a couple of cardboard boxes/pieces strictly for cutting into strips (swords).

— A hot glue gun and a whole bag of hot glue sticks. You’re going to use a lot.

— Scissors + a craft knife.

— Pencil.

— Acrylic paint in black and silver + paint brushes.

Step 1: Find the Perfect Cardboard Box

Iron Throne Cat Bed

I was about to throw out this box that my mom had used to send me a package. I think it was for a pair of children’s boots.

I reinforced the structure of the box with hot glue and hot glued a lot of pieces of really sturdy cardboard to help make the top lid of the box/back of the throne stay up.

I cut the front at an angle like this: \____/

I cut the top and sides of the lid of the box in several sharp points to resemble the back of the iron throne. I also took the inside sides out a bit and glued them down at an angle to look more like arms of a chair.

Step 2: Cut Out a Bunch of Swords

Iron Throne Cat Bed

Iron Throne Cat Bed

I free-hand drew a bunch of swords on flat pieces of cardboard and cut them out. I also cut a bunch of swords without hilts. I glued the swords WITH hilts pointing down and the swords WITHOUT hilts pointing up.

Step 3: Add Another Box to the Bottom

Iron Throne Cat Bed

To truly make it a throne, it needs to be a little taller. So what I did was I got a medium-sized cardboard box that was about four inches wider (but the same depth) as the original cardboard box. I took it apart so it was all flat and I reshaped it and reglued it to look like a 3D trapezoid, so now the top of the trapezoid was the same width and depth as the top box but the sides fanned out. Then I just glued them together.

Of course, I forgot to take a picture of that part, but I’ve attached a drawn version of what I did.

Then you’ll start gluing on the swords (without hilts) down the front and down the sides. These swords were quite a bit longer and slightly wider than the ones on the back of the throne.

Step 4: Paint

Iron Throne Cat Bed

Iron Throne Cat Bed

First, paint the whole thing black. Then dry brush it with silver paint. Dry brushing is essentially taking a clean brush, putting just a tiny amount of silver paint, brushing most of it off, and then finally dry brushing the throne — just here and there to add highlights and give the throne depth.

Step 5: Add a Pillow If You Please

Iron Throne Cat Bed

I quickly sewed a little pillow using an old pillowcase and some poly-fil to make Arthur a pillow. All I did was cut two squares of fabric that fit the throne, sewed three lines on three sides of the two squares sandwiched together like this: |_| and then turned it right side out, filled it with fluff, and then sewed the top shut.

Step 6: Done!

Iron Throne Cat Bed

Iron Throne Cat Bed

And that’s it! There’s really not much to it. It only took me one afternoon/evening while watching TV, and then I painted it the next morning.

courtesy: instructables