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Hey everybody!! This is my first Instructable. I'm going to show you how I make an Amazing Pop-up Tardis from the popular sci-fi show, Dr Who.

I have drawn up all the templates and parts for you (it took quite a while to get right). Just assemble it!

It looks awesome and is a great gift for Dr Who fans. Enjoy!

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Step 1: Materials and Equipment

Materials -
- 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
- tape
- glue
- X-acto knife + cutting mat
- scissors
- ruler


Step 2: Aquire Templates

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Download and print the three pdf's - Make sure you select 'fit' in the printing options. If not, they will be warped and not to scale.

- Pop-up_Tardis_a4.pdf
Print on blue card

- Pop-up_Tardis_Finishes_a4.pdf
Print on white paper

- Pop-up_Tardis_Base_a4.pdf
Print on white paper

* the second piece of blue card is what i just used for mounting at the end

Step 3: Cut

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Cut out all of the parts in each template. This step is quite time consuming and tedious. Be precise, careful and patient. Some parts are very delicate. I would recommend an x-acto knife.

-On a side note - try not to bend/ crease any of the card pieces.

Step 4: Glue Finishes On - Part 1

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Simply glue the main paper features

Step 5: Glue Finishes On - Part 2

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Glue the 'Police Box' sign onto the card. Make sure the end cuts are not covered (the middle cut should be only cut covered).

When finished, turn the part over and cut out the covering paper part with your x-acto knife.

Step 6: Glue Finishes - Part 3

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Glue the paper onto both sides of each light part. Remove the paper covering the middle slit similar to the previous step.
That is so awesome!
djonas12 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
ChrysN2 years ago
I love it!
Kiteman2 years ago


LauraMelnik made it!1 year ago

I thought this would take a few minutes, but as usual I was wrong. It was fun to build.

Thanks for the plans.

Tokyronto made it!1 year ago

Awesome! I scaled mine up a bit :) Thanks for the great instructable

gussemke1 year ago
i love this very much!! What kind of thickness of A4 Paper do you use? i prefer in mm ;) Thanks in advance
texie-girl1 year ago
Fantastic job! I salute your talent, but even more than that, your patience.... :D
Tranj0351 year ago
Thank you so much for this!! Brilliant brilliant brilliant
wkou2 years ago
Thank you so much for this ... big Who fan. I seem to be having problems with the pop-up_tardis_finishes_a4 file. One of the signs does not display correctly for me (the free public one). Any advise appreciated.

Lots of Cheer - wotw
djonas12 (author)  wkou2 years ago
Thanks wkou! yeah I just checked out the pdf and....yeah it does seem that way on the pdf viewer. I remember the image I used for that sign is quite high resolution. I zoomed in and everything is there. I think it may just be a pdf viewer problem. It should be fine when printing.
wkou djonas122 years ago
Thank you for looking into this for me. Appreciated. Well off to build :)

Lots of Cheer - wotw
DrakerDG2 years ago
Amazing work!
crazyjack242 years ago
this is so wonderful! :) what kind of weight would you suggest for the blue card? The one I had at home seems to be to thick, the printer won't take it.
X86-11382 years ago
Love it =)
djonas12 (author)  cdawisconsin2 years ago
barbara32ca2 years ago
This is absolutely amazing!! Thank you for such a wonderful instructable!! :-)
djonas12 (author)  barbara32ca2 years ago
My pleasure