Anna here with something gold and shiny and fit for a queen!
I pulled out the stops and decorated this royal throne from top to bottom. Would you believe that beneath the shine and ornamentation this regal throne is made out of a cardboard box and scraps of cardboard?
Marie-Grace feels right at home as the queen-of-everything! Well at least queen-of-the-dollhouse!
Are you ready to see this project that transforms scraps to treasure?
Let’s take a look at what we’ll need.
- cardboard box (My box is 11 1/4″ long by 7 1/2″ wide by 4 1/4″ high. I am using a cuties box. A shoebox would also work.)
- thin cardboard (The kind used for cereal boxes.)
- regular cardboard
- quilt batting
- trim (I am using Bling on a Roll. You could also use ribbon, jewels,or buttons)
- glue (not pictured)
- gold duck tape (You could use wrapping paper or spray paint)
I really wanted to make this throne royal and nothing says royal like gold! I am using gold duck tape to give the chair shine. If you don’t have gold tape you could also modify this project and use gold paper or gold paint. If you decide to use the paper or paint, first put the chair together with tape to get the basic shape. Then either cover it in paper or paint it to give it shine!
Now let’s get started! I am using a Cuties box that holds little oranges. It is about the size of a shoe box, if you are looking for another box close in size. Cut the box in half.
One half will be the top (facing up) and one half will be the base (facing down).
Stack and glue the two halves together.
Before we move on, let’s take a look at the bumpy sides of the box. Yes, the part that sticks up around the word “cuties”. Cut the bumpy letters off so that it is even across the sides of the box. You can see how the sides are flat and even if you scroll down to the picture where I start putting the duck tape on.
This is the basic structure of the throne. There is one problem, the chair sits back at an angle. It needs some back legs.
Trace the height and width of the front of the chair. This will be our pattern for the back legs of our chair. It is a simple rectangle.
Draw two flaps that will attach it to the sides of the chair. Cut out the shape you sketched.
Fold the flaps up.
Attach the back leg section to the back of the chair. Tuck the flaps into the sides and glue in place.
Cover the chair in strips of duck tape. I left the seat uncovered to save on tape. We are going to add cushions to cover that section.
This little gold chair is cute but a throne needs some height. Cut 3 arched sections for the chair back. One piece is longer to hang down the back of the chair. This longer section is how we will attach it to the chair. Layer and glue the 3 sections together. Stacked together, these piece make a nice sturdy chair back.
Now let’s make 2 posts for the chair. The posts give it a regal look. Each post is made of 3 rectangles. Just like the chair back, one piece is longer to attach the post to the chair.
Here the back and posts are ready to be attached to the chair.
Add the back section with glue and tape.
I taped the posts and then added them to each side of the back section.
Tape the remainder of the chair. I left the sections plain that would be covered by a cushion.
Chair cushions are easy to make. First cut thin cardboard into a shape to fit the seat and back of the chair.
Cut a piece of quilt batting the same size as the cardboard.
Place it on a piece of fabric with the batting facing down.
With a strip of glue next to the edge of the cardboard, fold the fabric over the edge. As you secure a section of fabric check to see the right side. You want the fabric to be taut and smooth. Continue gluing and securing the fabric all the way around the cardboard.
Here is a front and back view of the chair back and seat.
Thrones are fancy and ornate. With a little trim we can embellish this throne fit for royalty! I used Bling on a Roll to add detail. My bling came on a wide roll. It is easy to cut into thin strips or shapes (like the diamonds).
It bends easily and can be glued on in whatever shape you want to embellish with. I used bling on all the edges and decorated the open surfaces with it. The royal throne is complete!
Who is fit to be queen in your doll world?
I hope she reigns with goodness, fairness and grace.
What would you do, if you could be queen for a day?
Just in case you are interested here are a few more details from today’s post.
- Doll- Marie-Grace, AG Historical Character
- Outfit– Skirt tutorial is here. Shirt is sewn by Anna. Crown is made by Anna
Dolls and imagination can take you anywhere!