How To Build A Directors Chair – Create a mini chair for Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and Wasp when they’re little. Or make one of these director’s chairs to add to your fairy garden.
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How To Build A Directors Chair
Ant-Man and the Wasp is an entertaining superhero/heist movie with non-stop action, lots of comedy, and some romance. It has the pace of a heist movie with fun characters from the Marvel universe. It’s been a long time since I laughed so much in front of a movie. And even though it’s made for an adult audience, it’s pretty clear that I wouldn’t want my older kids to watch it.
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Just a heads up, you don’t need to have seen Avengers: Infinity War before this movie, but the movie will make a lot of sense if you’ve seen Ant-Man first. Watching Captain America Civil War might help.
When I first saw the Ant-Man and the Wasp teaser trailer, I was excited to see the movie because I loved the first movie, but I also loved the mini director’s chair at the end of the trailer. I had to make them. Plus, they work well in a distant garden.
I used sandwich wood planks to make little chairs. You can buy a box of 750 fairly cheaply and have enough small pieces of wood to make many small projects. Smaller chairs can be cut straight using toothpicks, and longer ones can be cut in half. My chair is about 3 1/2 inches tall.
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Sandwich wood picks have a rounded tip and end. I cut both sides and used a 2 inch center for almost all of my pieces. So I had a lot of thick pieces of wood to work with. I used round bricks for the arms of the chair.
I used garden shears to cut the pieces of wood. You can also use wire cutters, an X-acto knife, or even scissors. It is a very thin wood.
I recommend using a foam pad or other surface where the glue sticks poorly. I used a cutting mat which really helped me get the chair parts square so the chair didn’t end up looking weird.
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Use lots of white glue to hold the pieces together. I tried using a little glue to hide it, but the pieces fell apart. Also, white school glue dries, so you can’t see it at all. You can use a glue gun, but it can be really messy. But it will be fast. I spent an entire day building the chair, gluing each piece and then gluing the previous piece and waiting for it to dry.
To make the legs of the director’s chair I made two rectangles and then crossed them. Each rectangle has 2-inch sides and a 1-inch square across the top. The thin side of the 2-inch wood is glued to the flat side of the 1-inch piece.
Then put the 7/8 inch piece by the 1 inch piece between the long pieces. It would have looked better if it was glued to the top 1 inch, but I was happy that I could glue it.
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Then add another 1-inch piece on top of the 2-inch pieces near the other end. However, only do this for 1 set of legs. Leave it off the other legs or you won’t be able to join the two legs. I made a mistake the first time I did it and had to remove that part.
Once you have a rectangle and a rough rectangle, tie the legs together, about 2/3 of the way down the rectangle. I used binding clips to hold them together until the glue dried.
For the director’s chair seat and back, use a 1 1/2-inch piece and a 1-inch piece to make an L. Then make another L in the same way.
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Then glue the 3/4 inch piece about 2/3 of the way out from the L corner. This is the armrest.
I used paper for the “soft” parts of the seat and back. I printed two rectangles to look like the chairs in the trailer. The seat rectangle is 1″ by 1 3/8″ and the back rectangle (with name on it) is 5/8″ by 2″. The backrest is longer than the top of the chair so it can wrap around your back.
Then carefully place the seat back “cloth” — with the name on it — over the back of the chair and pull it to the sides. I attached and folded it before adding glue.
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For the leg stand, cut the last piece of wood slightly longer than the top of the leg, just below the joint. Glue on the footrest.
And now you have a full-sized Ant-Man chair for watching movies on your laptop. Create another chair for Oso.
You can use them for your favorite action figures. Add extra glue all over if you play with them a lot.
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We similarly made a cute chair for our fairy garden, except with some leaves for the seat and backrest. We used real leaves, so they didn’t last long. Silk sheets can also work and be more durable.