For this project I was looking to make something for my younger cousin as a 18th birthday present. She is a HUGE Game of Thrones fan so I set out to make her a gift that she would cherish and never forget!
Step 1: Gather Materials
I found a few of these dragon eggs online for sale, but after seeing how they were made and the price I knew I could make my own...not only cheaper, but better than what was out there.
When it came to the box I was torn...I am a woodworker at heart, so when it came to the box to hold the eggs I wanted to build my own rustic version, however after I priced all of the material combined with my lack of time I decided it would be best to find a pre-made box. I search throughout Hobby Lobby and stumbled across a box that was PERFECT, AND it was on sale!
All of the supplies I purchased for this project I got from Hobby Lobby, Radioshack and eBay.
(3) Large Foam Eggs
(10) Packs of Silver Thumb Tacks (ended up having some extra)
(4) Packs of Artificial Peat Moss
(1) Bottle of Mod Podge
(1) Push Button Momentary Switch
(1) Recordable Greeting Card
and a few various acrylic paints and some spray clear coat.
Step 2: Created Dragon Scales
This step took the longest, when it was all said and done I spent probably 3-4 long nights pressing the thumb tacks into the foam eggs. It was a interesting task to say the least. I found the easiest way was to start at the larger "bottom" of the egg directly in the center, and then slightly overlap each tack going around in a circle...til you reach the top.
Some of the thumb tacks were hard to keep it, especially if the foam got "wallered" out when pushing the tack in at the wrong angle and re-adjusting etc. Just keep it in there long enough to apply the mod podge.
Once you have all of the tacks in place start covering the eggs in Mod Podge. I used roughly 4 coats on each egg, just because I wanted them to be SOLID.
After the Mod Podge had dried I had my artist friend using his painting skill to paint each egg. One Green, One Red and One Yellow just like in the show. Each of the eggs also has some brown/tan features that make them look "dirty" they are very pretty up close. I also added a matte clear coat finish to all of them just to protect them from scratches.
Step 3: Add Music Source and Switch
I wanted this box to be similar to a music box, so when opened music would start to play.
To do this I purchased a recordable greeting card from eBay, I then took the card apart to access the circuit board and speaker. I decided the Game of Thrones theme song would be perfect for this box, so I recorded the first 45 seconds or so of the song to use.
I then wired up the guts to a momentary switch, which I drilled a hole into the corner of the box when when closed would "open" the circuit, cutting off the sound. When the lid is open the switch closes completing the circuit and starting the music.
Sorry I do not have any videos of this, but it was really neat! and super loud surprisingly!
I also added some chicken wire mesh to the bottom to keep the peat moss out of the circuit board and speaker.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
Once all the components were done I put everything together and added some special finishing touches.
I also own a vinyl plotter, so I cut out a stencil of the Targaryen House Sigil and lightly spray painted it matte black, adding a matte clear coat to the whole outside for protection.
She LOVED the box, it was a huge hit at the birthday party...and it was a blast to build!
Thanks for checking out my project! If you have any questions feel free to ask!