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How to build a throne out of cardboard

Updated February 21, 2017

Make a throne for a child's birthday party, playroom or the dinner table using cardboard boxes. The cardboard boxes can transform an old chair into something that is suitable for royalty. A child can decorate the throne to match her personality, or you can surprise her with a throne as a present. However the throne is delivered, your little princess will have hours of playtime reigning over their imaginary subjects and kingdom.

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  1. Flatten a cardboard box. Cut one open along a fold, giving you one large piece of cardboard.

  2. Place the cardboard on one side of the chair. Trace the height and width of the side with a pencil. Include the arm of the chair with the height. Cut out the piece of cardboard. Repeat this process with the other side of the chair.

  3. Cut a piece of cardboard to go in front of the chair. The cardboard will start at the top of the seat and go to the floor.

  4. Cut out a large rectangle from the cardboard to cover the back of the chair. It should be a few inches taller than the chair. Cut one of the shorter sides so it has round corners. Repeat this process with a shorter piece of cardboard to place inside the chair.

  5. Cover the work space with newspaper. Spray paint the front and back of the cardboard.

  6. Tape or glue the cardboard pieces in place. Cut small strips of tape and fold them in half. Place them where they will not be visible once the throne is complete.

  7. Line the sides on the inside and outside with sequins or beaded ribbon. Use hot glue to keep the trim in place.

  8. Draw designs on the outside of the throne. Write the child's first initial on the back of the chair or spell out the child's name with plastic jewels. If possible, have the child do the decorating.

  9. Place a pillow on the chair for cushion.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Chair with arms
  • Newspaper
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Duct tape or hot glue gun
  • Sequins or beaded ribbon
  • Puff paint
  • Plastic jewels
  • Pillow

About the Author

Meredith Burgio began writing professionally in 2010. She has written for "VOX" magazine, "RELEVANT Magazine" and "Jefferson City Magazine." Burgio has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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