I once told a friend that I’d wait until 2020 to watch the entire Game of Thrones series — yep, I definitely regret saying that. Two years later, here we are … after re-watching seasons 1-7 twice now, we threw an epic and easy GoT party for the final season premiere and only for under $75. There were a few “long nights”, but we got it done in one week.
Daenerys Targaryen’s Dragon Eggs
No GoT party would be complete without dragons and their scaled eggs. Forget Jon Snow, the dragons are the true stars of the show. I’d like to preface this DIY with the fact that I know these dragon eggs are small because of a few of our snaffuffs. Plan A was to make paper mache eggs because we could make them any size we wanted. However, when the eggs were ready for the thumbtacking process, the egg could not stand the pressure and caved in.
- Styrofoam eggs – $1 for packet of 4 eggs
- About 300 thumbtacks – $3
- Nail polish (different colors look best) – $4
Our plan B was using styrofoam eggs, and it resulted in them being smaller-looking, but they came out better than we expected. I followed The Witch at OneandSeventy’s How to make dragon eggs tutorial and painted each thumbtack according to the egg’s colors on the show. Place thumbtacks on a board to keep them in place while painting. Give yourself about a day to complete this project. Shoutout to Noemi who helped us paint 100 thumbtacks. Place each painted tack clockwise starting from the bottom, working your way to the top. Secure the top and bottom tacks with hot glue.
House Banners (for the houses that matter)
I previously made banners for my Harry Potter birthday party, so I copied the same steps I used for these GoT flags. I wanted to make mine fancy, which required a sewing machine, but you could hem the edges with hot glue or make them out paper. Once you have your banners made, print out the house sigils you want. I’ve included the printout templates for the Stark, Targaryen, Baratheon, and Lannister sigils. I chose only these four because they were king-hailing houses.
- Fabric for each house – $4 per yard ($16 in total)
- Targarygen – black
- Lannister – red
- Stark – white
- Bartheon – gold
- Sewing materials – Prices varies
- Wood dowels – $1
- String – $1
- Printed out house sigils – $4
- Tape – $1
Tip: Hit up discounted fabric stores in your area, or go to Goodwill’s 50 percent off Saturdays to find cheap materials.
- 3-5 rolls of about 5-yards each of craft paper – $1 per roll
- Red construction paper – $2
- White paint – $1
- Heavy-duty tape (or tacks if extra support is needed) – $2
I couldn’t find specific instructions on how to create a craft-paper tree, so I basically winged it (and included step-by-step instructions below). I took inspiration from a Lord of the Rings party that I found on Pinterest and my first-grade teacher’s classroom tree — at least from what I remember.
- Scrunch the craft paper to give the tree texture.
- Start with a wide piece for the trunk and then you can shape it onto the wall.
- Tape with heavy duty tape and/or pin onto wall.
- Then you cut smaller pieces to shape the branches. Secure the tree with tacks or adhesive.
- Repeat the same steps with narrower craft paper pieces for the trunk.
- Paint the tree with watered down white paint to give it that streaky tree look.
- Print out the leaf template I’ve included. Trace onto the red construction paper. Cut the outlines. Repeat until you have a decent amount of leaves.
- Tape leaves onto your finished Weirwood Tree.
- Chair – $4 at Goodwill
- Lots of cardboard – Free
- Gray spray paint – $5
- Black spray paint – $5
- Duct tape – $2
Here we were the night before the party, and he was frantically cutting pieces of cardboard at 3 a.m. He said there wasn’t a method to his madness, but he used a reference photo, and made sword templates and duct taped them to the thrift-ed chair we bought.
- Cut long, medium and short swords out of cardboard. Make as many needed.
- Make a cardboard back piece to be able to tape the swords onto.
- Layer the swords. Start with the long swords, move onto the medium swords and so on.
- For the short swords in the front you can make a hilt with circle and rectangle cutout shapes. Add hot glue for textured accents. I added a few pirate coins I had laying around.
- Once you’re satisfied with the look of your throne, then spray paint it a gun-metal gray color.
- For more details, spray paint parts of the throne with black shading.
- Let it dry and enjoy your reign as the King or Queen of the Iron Throne.
Tip: Ask your local Starbucks for unwanted cardboard. Don’t be like us and actually give yourself time to create your cardboard masterpiece.
Final Thoughts and Shoutouts
All in all, this inexpensive Game of Thrones party only costed about $75, and we didn’t have to pay the “iron price”.
Thank you to my friends who indulged out love for GoT, especially Noemi who came over to help us out with the crafting! We had a great time watching the first episode of the last season of this amazing series. I loved how right after the show, we all got on our phones and looked up memes.
Spoiler alert below! (CLOSE YOUR EYES)
*Tarot cards weren’t included in the overall budget because they were a gift.