Homemade Game of Thrones Optical Illusion Throne Costume

I wanted to create a Game of Thrones style throne for a costume I made. This version is made from slats from a set of vertical blinds, a cardboard box and palm fronds. I really wanted to challenge myself to make a throne that was quick, cheap and easy to do.

I started by making a base for the throne from a cardboard box. This is an illusion costume, therefore the wearer is not sitting on the throne, but standing in a hole cut into the seat.

The back layer of “swords ” are the slats from the blinds that I cut on a band saw to give them pointed ends. I added another layer of slats that I cut into various sizes, using the scrap pieces of the slats for handles/pummels on the swords. The top of the handles on the swords are adorned with buttons.

We live in Florida and have a dozen varieties of pals in our yard. The pal fronds I used were the longest and strongest from a silver palm. They are from a single frond that I stripped the individual sword sections from. The fronds were pressed under a plank of wood to help flatten and dry them over several days. I am not sure that the pressing and drying were necessary, but I didn’t want to risk curling as they dried.

The fronds were glued in layers down the sides of the box leaving the ends long at the bottom. As the layers filled I I added a top layer of fronds in a crisscross pattern on the sides. There is one cross in the front of the bottom of the throne.

I used a wood glue on the slats and hot glue for the frond sections. After the throne was all glued together, I trimmed the fronds and turned up the bottom edge. The entire throne was sprayed black and then painted a dusting of silver over that.

If I had the room for it, I would love to make a sturdier more detailed version someday.

For the jacket I used a heavy weight cotton and made a jacket with a fitted bodice. There are two flaps at the bottom of the jacket in the front and back. There is a faux fur collar attached to a simple cloak that I made.

The pants which are attached to the faux throne are leggings stuffed with fiberfill with  boots over them.

There are crisscrossed straps that I made that go across the chest and are attached to the cape.

People love illusion costumes and I  wanted to make one like I had never seen before. Everyone loved it!

Homemade Game of Thrones Optical Illusion Throne Costume

Homemade Game of Thrones Optical Illusion Throne Costume

Homemade Game of Thrones Optical Illusion Throne Costume

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