Hey everybody!! I'm going to show you how I make an Amazing Pop-up Tardis from the popular sci-fi show, Dr Who. This was a fun build and my first Instructable.
I have drawn up all the templates and parts for you in powerpoint lol (it took quite a while to get right). Just download the PDF's and assemble it!
It looks awesome and is a great gift for Dr Who fans. Enjoy!
Step 1: Materials and Equipment
- 1x A4 blue CARD (desired tardis colour)
- 2x A4 white PAPER (for printed finishes and interior card base)
- 1x A4 CARD (any colour for mounting the Tardis)
- access to a computer and printer
- needle + thread
- X-acto knife + cutting mat
Step 2: Aquire Templates
Print on blue card
Print on white paper
Print on white paper
* the second piece of blue card is what i just used for mounting at the end
Step 3: Cut
-On a side note - try not to bend/ crease any of the card pieces.
Step 4: Glue Finishes on - Part 1
Step 5: Glue Finishes on - Part 2
When finished, turn the part over and cut out the covering paper part with your x-acto knife.
Step 6: Glue Finishes - Part 3
Step 7: Create Holes
- This is for the thread in the later steps.
Step 8: Assemble - Part 1
Step 9: Assemble - Part 2
Step 10: Assemble - Part 3
Step 11: Assemble - Part 4
Step 12: Assemble - Part 5
Take the two thin strips (with five notches in each) and interlock them with each other. Place this cross-hair into the base slots.
At this point all Tardis components are slotted, but not fastened. To fasten it, glue the top cross-hair to the strip ends of the middle light component. This will prevent it from falling apart.
-Sorry if that was a bit confusing but hopefully you should be able to work it out from the pictures.
Step 13: Finished Tardis Body
You have successfully assembled the main collapsible body. Now mount it on the paper and card.
Step 14: Cut Out the Remaining Template
Step 15: Create Holes for Mounting
(four holes on total)
Step 16: Mounting - Part 1
Continue with the other side using the same method.
At this point you will have two loosely held points to the Tardis.
Step 17: Mounting - Part 2
The Tardis should now be well fastened. Now find some blue card so the paper can be supported.
Step 18: Mounting - Part 3
To easily open and close your Tardis, mount on the blue card. I just used a scrap piece lying around. Once you have decided on the card and size, fold it in half and get ready to glue the paper portion on.
BEFORE YOU GLUE IT DOWN!!, cut the thin paper sliver at the crease of the paper. If you don't, the card won't mount properly and won't look as good finished. Glue it in the same position as if that part had not been removed.
Wait for the glue to dry.
Step 19: Step 19: Finished!!!
DONE! You have successfully completed the Amazing Pop-up Tardis Card!!