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Here is a great gift for the Doctor Who fan in your life, a Doctor Who Tardis Diary. If you've seen the Doctor Who episodes you are probably familiar with River Song's diary.  It as given to her by the Doctor to keep track of their meetings and adventures together (spoilers!) and resembles the Tardis.  This is an easy to make imitation using cardboard cereal boxes and blue paint.
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Step 1: What you will need:

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  • A journal/diary or notebook
  • Cardboard cereal (or other food) boxes also known as paperboard
  • Blue paint (Tardis blue)
  • Black paint
  • Gloss finish (or use gloss paint)
  • Strip of cloth
  • Tissue paper
  • My template
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint brushes/sponge

Step 2: Remove the cover

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The first thing we need to do is remove to old cover from book that you are going to use.  Open to the inside cover and cut along the edge where the pages meet the cover.  Do the is along the front and back inside cover and you should be able to remove the pages easily. 

Step 3: Cut the cardboard cover

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Place the original cover on a piece of cardboard, trace it and cut it out.  Try to flatten out the spine while doing this to ensure the new cover is big enough.  Fold the new cardboard cover around the journal pages, check that the cover has some overhang. 

Step 4: Cut panel

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This next step requires quite a bit of cutting.  It is a chore and leaves you wishing for a laser cutter.  You can use my template below, but you may need to resize it to fit the size of your journal.  We will need to cut three different shapes.  Two of the large outer frame, four of the inner frame and sixteen panels. I cut all of these from cereal boxes, if there boxes are different shades of grey or brown don't worry the paint will cover it up.  We also need to cut four other pieces, these fit along the outside of the spine.  You can see how they are placed in the last picture of step 6 (if forgot to add these until after I did the tissue paper, oops).
TalarA3 months ago


ChrysN (author)  TalarA3 months ago


Thanks so much! I made mine a little differently but I still love it!
This is awesome


5923r1 year ago

Ah! River Song's Notebook! Love this

NSalkoff1 year ago

WOW! Amazing job!

vlameirao1 year ago
Thanks. Did my own binding. Liked the end result. Going to give as a Christmas present to my gf during the special.
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ChrysN (author)  vlameirao1 year ago
Cool, that looks great!
Fantastic!!!!!! It is just what I was looking for
Nice idea with the wrapping paper- it looks so much like leather!
kmac12 years ago
Great concept, and it looks great!
nfk112 years ago
Thats pretty awesome
ChrysN (author)  nfk112 years ago
nfk11 ChrysN2 years ago
doodlecraft2 years ago
Spoilers! I love this! I've been contemplating making one for a long time...looks like I know what to make myself for Christmas! :) thanks!
OMG!!! soooooooooo cool!!!
nfk112 years ago
Thats pretty awesome
radcom2 years ago
There is a hi-res scan of the original prop on the BBC doctor who site as a pdf book cover it here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/tv/isite-downloads/doctorwho/masks_and_makes/makes/rivers_diary_cover.pdf which must be of use to someone
WriterChick2 years ago
How fun! Thank you for sharing.
Kiteman2 years ago
Oh, this is gorgeous!

(And you don't want to laser-cut it, because you'll lose the battered, hand-made look of the original.)
ChrysN (author)  Kiteman2 years ago