Here is a ~20cm model of the TARDIS (or a police call box) made of the cardboard from cereal (and other food) boxes and plastic packaging*. It also has LED lights and sound effects.

Sorry this won't allow you to travel through space and time, yet.....

*Rather then going out and buying material to build this model, I realized I have a great source of cardboard sitting in my kitchen cupboards. Plus I could also use that annoying PVC packaging that almost any thing you buy these days is sealed in.

Step 1: Materials:

  • cardboard -I used cereal/granola bar box cardboard -bonus if it's made from recycled material.
  • templates -you can find this in the pdf file in step 2.
  • clear plastic (for the widows) -I used the clear plastic (?PVC) that is used as packaging material
  • blue paint, pen and tape.
  • silver paint and paint brushes.
  • glue and masking tape.
  • ruler and X-acto knife or scissors.
  • sandpaper
  • small plastic tube or a drinking straw - I used a plastic tube that held erasers for mechanical pencils.
  • 2-3 white LEDs, button battery, on/off switch, wire and soldering iron.
  • Digital sound recorder.
<p>Thanks for the plans. I made it real quick overnight for the Elf on the Shelf to meet himself from the future. The TARDIS looks a little beat up. I plan to build again more slowly.</p>
<p>Amazing work! It will be great for my project. Also can the front doors be made to open? For what I am doing, the doors should be able to open.</p>
<p>Interesting question, I never thought about having the doors open. On the pictures below cut on the red solid lines and fold on the dotted line for the side panel and side panel frame. This is just a suggestion I haven't actually tried it out myself. I'd love to hear how it turns out. </p>
<p>What blue did you use?</p>
<p>I can't wait to try this! I will start ASAP on this :) :D</p><p>Thanks for posting this for us :)</p>
can you please upload the templates again? i wnat to do a mini wood tardis, and your templates would be very helpfull!
The template is available in step 2, is in not working?
Thank you so much for putting this up! I made this last year around Christmas and never got around to thanking you. I used it as a tree topper, putting one of the Christmas lights to be the Tardis light. It worked pretty good :)
That looks awesome as a tree topper! Thanks for posting.
can you upload this somewhere else please? <br>this site makes you pay to even look at stuff.
No it doesn't just click next to go to the next page or view all steps.
Thanks for this template, it was exactly what I was looking for. Here's my TARDIS
That looks great! Thanks for posting.
this is an amazing project but i don't know where i can get the sound recorder... can you help? is it online?
Thank you SO much for putting this step by step tutorial up! Cut out the pieces and painted them last night and assembled them this morning! Found the roof a little bit tricky but i made it work. Thanks again! I had loads of fun. :) <br> <br>Heres my finished TARDIS:
That looks great!
3 words, mine totally SUX!!!! <br>the graphics are to grainy, mine when it turned out looked like a little kid named amelia pond made it! Cardboard sticking out and uneven painting. How'd you get yours to look so NICE?
Thanks Chrys I have made a Tardis using your instructions. If you give me your e-mail then I could send you picturesw of it. My e-mail is Jesuscatherine1975@yahoo.co.uk
Cool. You can post them right here with your comment. Just click on the add images button under the comment editor.
Hopefully I have put the photo images of the tardis I made with this comment, <br>Catherine Moody <br>Thanks again. I am building another one now using wood veneer! And I am making another using card! I have a tardis production line going!
Your Tardis looks great! The wood veneer one sounds really cool.
Would balsa wood work with this as well?
Sure that would look great, though you may need to adjust the measurements on the template to accommodate the thicker material.
Is it ok if I use this as a base for a USB hub that I'm planning to make during the summer? <br>It's perfect!!!
Sure, that would look really cool as a USB hub.
I am a REALLY big Dr. Who Fan. This really helped.thnx a lot
amazing how did you become so talented
What brand/color of paint did you use? Your color choice is really spot on!
It's DecoArt Truly Blue.
nice :D but its better with plastic
Awesome! I'll be starting on this tomorrow!!! Thanks for the instructions!
I plan on building this for a tree topper this year :) <br>Wish me luck! :D
Cool idea to use it for a tree topper!
Love this! Much cooler than the paper cut out I was thinking of making. Nice build!
would u sell it
Sorry, I am quite attached to it and not looking to sell.
very complicated but very rewarding<br>
we have every season of doctor who!<br>and i made a lego tardis<br>
can you tell me where i can find an intractable. if you did not use one, can you give me pointers?
now i have a card board tardis!
This is amazing! Seeing as to me being American and a Dr. Who fan I will say that to a lot of Dr. Who memorabilia but this is amazing!
Thanks, have you seen caitlinsdad's TARDIS bookcase.
I had a total geeked out moment when I saw this. Great job. I love it.
I somehow missed this version of the TARDIS! I love it! Very detailed, and the color is spot on! :D I'm going to be making a large one out of fabric soon. I'm so excited.
Using fabric, that sounds really cool.
Absolutely Positively Fantastic!!! I have a group of cousins flying down from Scotland today, and I think they will love it!

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