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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.

 
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Step 1: Materials:

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  • 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
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  • 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.

Step 2: Cutting pieces

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Using the templates from the templates.pdf file as a guide, cut the following pieces out of cardboard:

  • 4 side panel frames.
  • 4 side panels.
  • 8 window frames (these are actually the inside pieces of the side panel frames).
  • 8 sign boards.
  • 4 roof panels.
  • the roof base and the bottom base.
  • cut out the door sign and the 4 "police public call box" signs.

Don't forget to recycle those left over scraps of cardboard!

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Step 3: Paint pieces

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Find a nice TARDIS blue colour and paint all of the pieces that you just cut out.  Paint on the blank side of the cardboard.
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casanova_zeus made it!7 months ago

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.

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KentoTempura8 months ago

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.

ChrysN (author)  KentoTempura8 months ago

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.

ashleyrebbecca10 months ago

What blue did you use?

I can't wait to try this! I will start ASAP on this :) :D

Thanks for posting this for us :)

mpongitori1 year ago
can you please upload the templates again? i wnat to do a mini wood tardis, and your templates would be very helpfull!
ChrysN (author)  mpongitori1 year ago
The template is available in step 2, is in not working?
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Shadow3751 year ago
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 :)
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ChrysN (author)  Shadow3751 year ago
That looks awesome as a tree topper! Thanks for posting.
can you upload this somewhere else please?
this site makes you pay to even look at stuff.
ChrysN (author)  dragnmastralex1 year ago
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
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ChrysN (author)  janderson391 year ago
That looks great! Thanks for posting.
pottsjes2 years ago
this is an amazing project but i don't know where i can get the sound recorder... can you help? is it online?
eburg9172 years ago
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. :)

Heres my finished TARDIS:
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ChrysN (author)  eburg9172 years ago
That looks great!
3 words, mine totally SUX!!!!
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
ChrysN (author)  Catherine Moody2 years ago
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,
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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!
ChrysN (author)  Catherine Moody2 years ago
Your Tardis looks great! The wood veneer one sounds really cool.
njc12303 years ago
Would balsa wood work with this as well?
ChrysN (author)  njc12303 years ago
Sure that would look great, though you may need to adjust the measurements on the template to accommodate the thicker material.
Osquar3 years ago
Is it ok if I use this as a base for a USB hub that I'm planning to make during the summer?
It's perfect!!!
ChrysN (author)  Osquar3 years ago
Sure, that would look really cool as a USB hub.
CoolCarKnee3 years ago
I am a REALLY big Dr. Who Fan. This really helped.thnx a lot
amazing how did you become so talented
Atraxi3 years ago
What brand/color of paint did you use? Your color choice is really spot on!
ChrysN (author)  Atraxi3 years ago
It's DecoArt Truly Blue.
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Atraxi ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks!
tutdude983 years ago
nice :D but its better with plastic
blasdetejas3 years ago
Awesome! I'll be starting on this tomorrow!!! Thanks for the instructions!
I plan on building this for a tree topper this year :)
Wish me luck! :D
ChrysN (author)  blackrider233 years ago
Cool idea to use it for a tree topper!
action pig3 years ago
Love this! Much cooler than the paper cut out I was thinking of making. Nice build!
ChrysN (author)  action pig3 years ago
Thanks!
jperkes3 years ago
would u sell it
ChrysN (author)  jperkes3 years ago
Sorry, I am quite attached to it and not looking to sell.
jperkes3 years ago
very complicated but very rewarding
peepee44 years ago
we have every season of doctor who!
and i made a lego tardis
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