Have you ever wanted to build a throne? Maybe it was during your childhood when you were obsessed with the Disney movie Aladdin. Perhaps you grew up reading Greek mythology and are fascinated by what might be lurking in the Underworld. Or maybe, just maybe, you’re a Game of Thrones fan who’s been wondering how that huge Iron Throne was made. Regardless of which story inspired you to want your very own throne, there’s no denying that something about being on a throne feels powerful and transformative. And now I’m going to tell you exactly how to make one out of foam!
What You’ll Need
To make a magical throne, you’ll need:
- Foam Blocks. These will be the primary material for building your throne. You can buy these online or at a craft store in different shapes, sizes and colors.
- Adhesives. You will need glue to hold your foam blocks together, so make sure you have some hot glue sticks on hand! Hot glue guns work great for this project because they’re fast and easy to use—and we’re all about speed here at Monarch!
- Trims/Upholstery Fabric. Your throne is going to need something on top of its base so that it looks like an actual royal chair (even though it’s not). If you want it really fancy-schmancy, we suggest using velvet or other fabric with a lot of texture or pattern—but if you’re doing this project solely as an office prank then plain old cotton is fine too! Just make sure whatever fabric you choose isn’t too heavy; otherwise the foam might fall apart under its weight once everything’s glued together — which would be terrible…
In addition: The best way we’ve found for attaching upholstery fabrics onto foam blocks involves sewing them by hand using thick needlepoint needles and heavy-duty threading; however if that sounds like too much effort then there are plenty of pre-made adhesive strips which accomplish the same task but require less sewing time overall — although they do cost more money per square foot than buying yardage directly from someone else (which may not matter if all else fails!). No matter what method works best for each individual situation though one thing remains true no matter what circumstances arise: having fun while working hard towards achieving goals makes everyone happy–especially when they’re proud enough of themselves afterwards because they did such an amazing job creating something beautiful yet functional at home
Tools for Cutting Foam
To cut the foam blocks, you can use a razor knife, hot knife, box cutter or utility knife. For more precise cuts and measurements, you can use a ruler and a pair of scissors.
A cutting mat will help protect the surface on which you are working from scratches and scrapes that could occur while cutting through the foam.
To make your throne last, you’ll want to use something that’s not only durable, but also easy to apply and remove.
While some adhesives can be messy or leave behind a residue, the right ones can be easy-to-use and clean-up. The best adhesive will depend on the material you’re using; for example, while hot glue is one of the most popular choices for building foam blocks into a throne, it isn’t recommended if you plan on using thick pieces of colored cardboard or plywood as your base.
Trims & Upholstery
Trims are decorative elements that can be added to your throne. They can be made from many different materials, including silk and velvet, but I prefer to use foam blocks. Trims can be assembled in many ways including sewing and gluing them together. You can also add trims to your throne by sticking them on with hot glue or Velcro if you don’t want to sew them!
Upholstery is the decorative fabric that covers your throne. It comes in many different colors and patterns, so there’s something for everyone! Upholstery comes in two main types: full-upholstery and partial-upholstery (which only has upholstery on one side). Full-upholstery is more expensive than partial-upholstery because it requires more material; however, partial-upholstery looks great if you don’t want to spend too much money!
For this project, you will want to use polyurethane foam. Polyurethane foam is also called polyfoam or polystyrene. It’s available in different densities and the density you need will depend on how thick your creation is going to be. You’ll need a high density for this throne; find one that has a number higher than 12 but under 30 grams per cubic centimeter (g/cm3).
The upholstery method is the most common, but it’s also the most expensive. It’s durable and comfortable, and if you want your throne to look professional (or if you just like the idea of having a throne with cushions on it), this is what we’d recommend.
The Upholstery Method involves covering foam blocks with fabric and then attaching them to your base structure by sewing or gluing them in place. There are several different ways you can do this depending on how much time and money you have available:
- Sewing blocks together yourself
- Buying pre-made foam blocks from an online retailer, such as Foam Factory Direct
- Choosing one of their fabrics and having them do all the work
While there are many different ways to build a throne using foam, the steps below are designed to be quick and easy.
Building a throne may seem like a daunting task, but it is actually quite simple—once you have all of your materials and tools.
Materials: foam blocks, hot glue gun and glue sticks, expo markers in various colors (optional), screws or bolts for attaching the base to the backrest (if desired), fabric paint or fabric dye in color(s) of choice (if desired).
Tools: pinking shears (for cutting foam block pieces into strips), utility knife for trimming excess fabric from upholstery project, scissors for cutting rough edges off foam block pieces before gluing them together.
Well, that’s it! We hope you found this guide helpful in your quest to build a throne. Whether it’s for yourself or someone else, we think the foam method of building thrones is a great way to go because of how lightweight they are compared to wood and metal and how easy they are to work with using basic tools. If you have any questions about our process (or anything else), feel free to reach out on Facebook!