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Do you dream of being King of the cul-de-sac? Or how about Lord of the lawn? If so, then you're going to need a throne! We built a Game of Thrones inspired Iron Throne for our medieval-themed Halloween party. It's not, by any means, a sword by sword replica of the one on HBO, but it was a real hit. It's made of common materials and just takes time to put together. That sure beats spending 30 grand for an official copy!

Our main requirements were having a throne of respectable size and enough heft and durability to handle party guests (some in chain mail) posing on it throughout the evening.

We built this over the course of three weeks (although someone could probably reproduce it in at least half that time) with roughly the following materials:

- a plastic Adirondack chair
- 1/2" pink foam insulation - roughly two 4x8'sheets
- metal tie-down strapping, I used about 8' in length
- wooden yardsticks, I used about two dozen of them
- several sheets of 1/8" thick craft foam
- various screws, duct tape, liquid nails, and latex caulk
- latex primer paint, grey spray paint, metallic paints

And for the platform:
- 4x4' piece of 1/2" plywood
- a couple 2x4 boards
- one 2x2 board
- two stair risers (or make your own)
- two 1"x12" boards 4' long for the stairs
- screws and paint
 
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Step 1: Finding a swordless seat

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You can certainly build the throne completely from scratch, but you'll save time by starting with a chair to build off from. I found a plastic Adirondack chair that made a great, inexpensive (less than 15 bucks), and lightweight starting point. The flared, vertical slates of the back resemble the shape we're after and the high chunky armrests are a good foundation to build from.
This is OUT OF BOUNDS! My daughter is doing a GOT themed senior project, houses=different groups of people. And this chair is a necessary piece of the project!
jhermance9 days ago

This is amazing and I'm in the process of attempting to recreate it. I was wondering which materials you used for the last bit of swords that are pointing up and fanning out across the back.I was thinking maybe you used the yardsticks but I'm not sure where to secure them. Were they just made from remaining foam?

Thanks for posting this great guide!

flaming_pele! (author)  jhermance9 days ago

Those swords are foam on the front side with a yard stick on the backside just to make sure they aren't prone to snap off. In addition to gluing them to the swords underneath, I ran a small bolt and nut through each one to the chair. The heads of the bolts are in a recessed part of the chair back.

Ahh okay! Thanks for the quick reply!

Great work! I made the Iron Throne this year for our Halloween party. Your page here was one of only a very few out there who tried. Appreciate many of the helpful tips. Here are the results. Hope you like it!

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flaming_pele! (author)  Nehkromaster9 days ago

That's excellent work! Glad to have helped. Have a great party!

im not a game of thrones fan, but i like the "throne" and now i have a way to make it! perfect for a medieval party.

nwright114 months ago

this is absolutely amazing!!!

missymuscles8 months ago

This is amazing! What was your final cost? I'm hoping it's a feasible fathers day gift!

flaming_pele! (author)  missymuscles8 months ago

Thanks for the comment and good luck! It's hard to top the Iron Throne when it comes to gift giving!

The chair itself is probably $50-60 in materials. The platform underneath might be around $40 (but it was much less for me since I had most of that wood lying around).

ccyr19 months ago

Hi there, amazing job on the throne! I used your project for inspiration on mine. I am building a cardboard sled for an annual event at a local ski hill. The event is sponsored by Labatt Blue, so instead of swords I am going with a draft handle approach. The sled is still in progress but here is how it looks so far. Thanks for the idea and the great Instructable!

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flaming_pele! (author)  ccyr19 months ago
Thanks for commenting and sharing your work! Looks like you'll be reigning over that ski hill for sure :)

Now, how do we get that dragon on front to breath some fire!?
That is something I want to do to it, unfortunately the race rules only allow cardboard, duct tape, and paint. So the fire breathing will have to be added after the race. To be continued...
jthiel211 months ago
Hi, would be great if you could email me please.. I´d love to use a photo of your project in a print publication. Cheers & best from Berlin - jens.thiel /at/ gmail.com
robotmaker11 months ago
looks very good ,i collect swords from Renaissance fairs,go every year never miss one in fla
i have them all over my wall besides a lot of dragon stuff and medieval stuff
bongodrummer11 months ago
Nice work! Looks like a good bit of office furniture ;)
jessyratfink11 months ago
Ahhhhhh! This is so good :D