Cardboard Iron Throne Cat Bed

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Introduction: Cardboard Iron Throne Cat Bed

About: I'm a designer, maker, 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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34 Discussions

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Impishness
Impishness

3 months ago

Thank you for the wonderful inspiration. I love the throne! My cats love looking out of windows all around my house, but there are a few where there's no place to perch. I've been looking for inspiration of how to make cardboard kitty lofts for a window or two, and your project was that inspiration. I'll try to share photos if/when I make one.

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ellygibson
ellygibson

Reply 3 months ago

Oh I'm so glad! Please do share when you make one. :) I'd love to see it!

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sheripres
sheripres

1 year 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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ellygibson
ellygibson

Reply 1 year ago

He's an old boy at 17. ❤️

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PJNZ
PJNZ

Reply 4 months ago

is he any particular breed? He's rather big, or is he all 'feathers' lol

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sheripres
sheripres

Reply 1 year ago

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

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PJNZ
PJNZ

4 months ago on Step 6

Haven't made it yet, great idea, thanks for sharing.. I'm planning on making some differences, as I have 3 indoor cats, i'll be making a cat tower sofa with a space underneath, for a litter box, and hopefully a swinging door.. Thank's for the inspiration, so many darn boxes and no way to dispose of them..

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tammynottheleader
tammynottheleader

5 months ago

made this for my cat and its been attacking me ever since.

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33703
33703

5 months ago

nice cat bed or chair!

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MarkN192
MarkN192

8 months ago on Step 1

Wow that's amazing I wish I had a cat now lol, don't think my dog would fit :)

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DianaHM
DianaHM

9 months ago

I have to make such throne for my cat! :D

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beaskywalk
beaskywalk

1 year ago on Step 6

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

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clamarque
clamarque

1 year ago

Wonderful! Beautiful!

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attosa
attosa

1 year ago

Whaaat! This is awesome!

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PJ Strange
PJ Strange

1 year ago

I always knew Ser Pounce would get the iron throne

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dramlamps
dramlamps

1 year 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
arielacd

1 year ago

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

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BrendaR112
BrendaR112

1 year 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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mezopfi61
mezopfi61

1 year ago

I think my kitty needs her throne too!