Cardboard Iron Throne Cat Bed

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About: I'm a designer, writer, and artist based in upstate NY.

I made this cardboard Iron Throne inspired by HBO's Game of Thrones for my very regal and deserving cat Arthur. I posted it on Reddit afterward and it went viral. I'm happy to report Arthur has been really enjoying his new bed. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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.

Arthur loves it. He enjoys sleeping in it.

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    sheripres

    23 days ago

    I love Arthur! He is so pretty! May I ask how old he is? He reminds me of my Jordan, a female though. She has that "regal" look that says "I am Queen and I own you!" ha ha

    LOVE the throne too! I am probably one of four people who did not watch GOT, so I might make her a nice queen type of chair from her cardboard boxes she sits in. Great idea with elevating it. Easier to watch kitty TV thru the windows. Thanks for sharing.

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    sheripreselewis03

    Reply 9 days ago

    I hope he lives another 17 years! Good for him!

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    beaskywalk

    10 days ago on Step 6

    Really stylish. I have the same problem with projects developing as you get along.

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    clamarque

    11 days ago

    Wonderful! Beautiful!

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    attosa

    16 days ago

    Whaaat! This is awesome!

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    PJ Strange

    18 days ago

    I always knew Ser Pounce would get the iron throne

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    dramlamps

    19 days ago

    Ha, ha, ha, haaa!!! This might be the actual best thing I've ever seen in my life!

    Thank you so much for sharing; can't wait to make one of these for my queen! :)

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    arielacd

    20 days ago

    Ha! My kitten would love this. Looks so much better than Cersei!

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    BrendaR112

    22 days ago

    While I am not a Game of Thrones fan, my cat thinks this would suit him just fine. Then again, he's not the sharpest pencil on the desk ... But I agree with him, in this case. It's a really great cat perch! Thank you.

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    LisaW270

    24 days ago

    Superb!

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    mezopfi61

    25 days ago

    I think my kitty needs her throne too!

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    gadi.hf

    Tip 25 days ago

    nice

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    Italiankiwiblog

    25 days ago

    Arthur has a very regal name, so he definitely needs a very regal bed like this one! It really looks fantastic!

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    JENNIEST

    26 days ago on Introduction

    What a wonderful idea! I love working with cardboard and can hardly wait to try your idea. I cover everything with slightly diluted white glue, allowing each stage to dry thoroughly before adding the next stage. And I cover my projects with polyurethane as a final coal. This seems to make my projects very strong and durable.

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    AnandM54

    26 days ago

    Ha ha ha really lucky cat that having you !!!

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    Stellebol

    27 days ago on Step 6

    Really cool! I'm going to make this fot my cat!

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    Avatoon

    27 days ago

    This is amazing! TYVM from me and my cat. Just a shame I can only vote once.

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    caitd3

    27 days ago on Step 3

    Probably the best instruction directions I have seen in years! The photos are so good you could almost make it without the text. This is an amazing project. We make Kitty Houses with display boxes from our local retail club. We get the ones with open sides for the display and they serve as entry points. The cats love them. Cats are amazing friends.

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    LeslieGeee

    27 days ago

    LMAO!! Only a Maine Coon could carry this off LOL. I just adopted a MC mix and he deserves this. Did you use any catnip on the pillow to get him to use the throne? He also needs a sigil necklace :) They are remarkable animals. GREAT job on the throne and thank you for sharing I am going to add this to my to do list lol. i think when I make mine I will polyurethane it to give a bit of metallic shine and will I think, help make the cardboard more solid and sturdy :) P.S. I hope you win the Fandom Contest. Good Luck!!