Introduction: Make Your Own Tardis Door

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Before I start I have to give credit to this Instructable here that gave me the idea for this project. That Instructable however is just pictures, so after making my own, I thought I'd make a step-by-step instruction so all of you DIYers can make your own Tardis doors or rooms. I didn't have the necessary items to build an entire Tardis, but I thought this alone would add some interesting depth to the room.

* Tape Measure
* Steel Square
* Ruler
* Painters Tape
* Paint (Black, White, Blue. I used "Captivating" 24-14 by Pratt & Lambert, but use your discretion to what color you want)
* Paintbrushes (1", 2")
* Newspapers or Dropcloth 
* Screwdrivers
* Pencil
* Sharpie
* Eraser
* Printer
* Exacto Knife or sharp blade

Step 1: Measuring!

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I was able to find a diagram online of a full Tardis' dimensions, but I needed to scale it down to the size of my door, so after some calculations I came up with this. The decimals were because I had to scale it down, but for the not so simple ones I added the fractions. For reference, my door was 79 in x 28 in. Feel free to scale this up or down to the size of your door. 

* Printer

Step 2: Measure, Measure, Measure

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Take off the doorknob with your screwdrivers. You can do the same with the hinge, but I'd keep that on for now.

Measure, mark it off, and draw the outline of the design on your door. The square is great for right angles, but the ruler will be better for straight lines. Don't forget to add an inner box in the panels for shading!

* Tape Measure
* Steel Square
* Ruler
* Pencil
* Eraser
* Screwdrivers

Step 3: Time for Tape

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Tape off everything that won't be the main blue. It might be uneven in the inner shading boxes you marked off because some tape isn't thin enough, but well touch that up later.

* Painters Tape
* Scissors

Step 4: Paint It Blue

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Lay out your newspapers or dropcloth so you don't mess up your floor. I forgot to take a picture of just the blue, but feel free to paint right over the tape, get all the paint to the edges.

* Painters Tape
* Scissors
* Blue Paint
* 2" Paintbrush

Step 5: Paint It Black

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Take off the tape on the black parts only, retape around them, and paint away! The shading will go on the upper and right sides of each of the boxes. In this picture, it looks like I've done the bottom and left, but that's just because I painted over the tape, we want a lighter look.

* Painters Tape
* Scissors
* Black Paint
* 1" Paintbrush

Step 6: Show Me the Light

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I mixed the blue with the white paint to find a color I liked, and now that is in the lower and left sides of the panels. Still be careful to angle the corners.

The white up top is Police Public Call Box. I printed a stencil and cut it out with my Exacto knife. The font is called Gill Sans, and if you don't have it installed, you can download it here.

* Painters Tape
* Scissors
* Blue, White Paint
* 1" Paintbrush

Step 7: Touch It Up!

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Fill in any white areas from where tape peeled paint with a small brush. For any white paint bleeding around the Police Box words, you can get really close with a Sharpie and a steady hand.

* Painters Tape
* Scissors
* Blue Paint
* Small Paintbrush
* Sharpie

Step 8: Can You See the Final Stretch?

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Time to tape around the windows and paint them. I mixed the black and white for that greyish. You may notice it's upside down of Matt Smith's Tardis, but I wanted to add some depth to the shading, so I made the "T" of black face down.

Print out either this "Pull to Open" sign, or search Google for it, I used this one, cut it out, and screw it in to give it the authentic look. If you can't find screws, you may be able to use glue or double sided tape, but that may ruin the door or the sign if you have to remove it.

If you want, I attached a "St. John's Ambulance" sticker, though I didn't use it myself.

* Painters Tape
* Scissors
* Black, White Paint
* 1" Paintbrush
* Printer
* Exacto Knife
* Screwdriver
* Small Screws

Step 9: Hang It Up!

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I painted my door frame with the same blue for a larger look, then reattach it on the hinges. Enjoy your new Tardis!


deafdestroya made it! (author)2016-04-13

roughly one week and 30 beers later, I finished it! we had a double door closet that my cousin wanted painted like the TARDIS, so I scaled your pattern up a bit. overall I'm pleased with the result!

oh! I'm a little drunk so I forgot to add we're getting the signs professionally made, as I am very picky about details.

ClaudiaH33 (author)deafdestroya2016-05-10

Where are you getting them professionally made?

Cstukane (author)deafdestroya2016-04-14

That looks great! I'm a little surprised people are still finding this project, but glad that someone is making use of it.

Rapturee (author)2016-02-28

Nice! :{)

Izzy298723 (author)2015-11-21

I have to do this!

FernandaB3 made it! (author)2015-09-24

Thank you for the tutorial!

I changed just a few things that worked well for me:

- Instead of mixing white paint and blue paint i just painted once on the lighter bits, so the white from the door made it more natural

- I just wanted a grayish look on the windows. Since I was using water-based paint I diluted it just a tiny little bit more than recommended, tapped the brush on the spaces and just used a cloth to "spread" the paint.

- I put the sign above the door

lolly10668 (author)2015-08-08

thank you so much for this it is amazing can wait until i make it and add it into my room!!!

james.balla.3 made it! (author)2015-04-05

thank you!

james.balla.3 (author)2015-04-05

Dude you rule, thank you one very happy daughter.

tardismaster (author)2015-01-10

OMG I want to make this so much. You are cooler then a bowtie.

StrayInTheWoods (author)2014-11-25

You, sir, are cooler than a bowtie. These instructions are really amazing. Thank you!!

doodlecraft (author)2014-06-24

Love it! I need to do this on my son's bedroom door!

emilyvanleemput (author)2013-07-22

I love this!!!!!

playtemple1 (author)2013-07-05

Awesomeness!!!!!!!!! (-8

iminthebathroom (author)2013-06-04

Being a Dr. Who fan I have seen many Doors done int he Tardis theme, this one is exceptionally well done.

SuzyMac (author)iminthebathroom2013-07-04

It is Huh? Same here, this one fooled me. I thought the panels were real when I first looked and it, and the signs & such. <3 sweet

dad_a_monk (author)2013-06-11

 I have seen a LOT of sites and projects reference this sign with Immediately misspelled. Here's a link to a correctly spelled and layed out Police Telephone Box Sign

dad_a_monk (author)dad_a_monk2013-06-12

I know I didn't say it, although with this project it doesn't really need to be said, THIS INSTRUCTABLE ROCKS!

SuzyMac (author)dad_a_monk2013-07-04

Ya Boy!! LOVE This. Want. To. Make... I wish I could time-travel to a place where I had the time, but this will def go on the bucket list <3

Robnelson (author)2013-06-11

I think you meant to say "Take off the doorknob with your SONIC screwdrivers." right?  You cannot build a TARDIS with a regular screwdriver.

girleight (author)Robnelson2013-06-13

A sonic screwdriver won't work. The door is made of wood.

SuzyMac (author)girleight2013-07-04

great answer...

SuzyMac (author)2013-07-04

OMG!!! I am twelve again! Putting this on canvas to make it apt friendly!!!
Thanks for the gorgeous technique! The one spot I seem to have missed was the wash you may have put on after the initial blue? Imma go look at it again...

Howder1951 (author)2013-06-25

have I got a place for this!. What a great instruct able, well done!

lgrenbek (author)2013-06-16

My daughter is a whovian!! When she saw it, she went speechless ( rare moment). We decided to make this.
Thank you very much for instructable!!

jbogan- lillich (author)2013-06-14

Great idea and instructable!

DualPhase (author)2013-06-14

Good project. Simple yet looks good.

ChekWriter (author)2013-06-13

Excellent idea. Wish that I owned my door to do this. WIll keep your link for future use.

Thank you for great instructions.

the_kcar (author)2013-06-12

A minor note, for apartment dwellers and other renters: I've seen amazing drawings rendered on butcher paper and plain sheets hemmed and hung. Applying a dry poster to a door is perfectly acceptable to your rental/lease agreement, I'm sure. And I know a few Whovians who will LOVE this 'ible :)

bbbreit (author)2013-06-11

Outstanding project! At a glance, the police telephone sign looks great, but be careful... Immediately is spelled wrong on it!

panzerfaust379 (author)2013-06-11

Super, gonna do it.

sibu (author)2013-06-11

Pantone 2955c is called Tardis Blue for anyone that wants to do this, which, if I didn't live in a apartment, I would be doing in a heartbeat. Well done!

thebeatonpath (author)sibu2013-06-11

Thanks for the tip!

thebeatonpath (author)2013-06-11

This is BRILLIANT! I think I will do this for my boys' door. They will treasure it!

who1buffy (author)2013-06-11

great project. uber cool!

cheffy1 (author)2013-06-11

this is perfect timing. we are planning a Dr. Who inspired dinner at the school where I work. there are double doors leading into the dining room. I'm now thinking of covering them with paper and following your painting instructions.

dwebb5 (author)2013-06-11

I love it <3 The TARDIS landed in my living room, but it's stuck in the wall!

askjerry (author)2013-06-11

I really like this... at first I didn't realize it was a flat door painted to look like panels. Nicely done, and a great instructable too.

captinvidio (author)2013-06-11

EXTANT and fun to do

Ricardo Furioso (author)2013-06-11


TampaGeek (author)2013-06-11

If only my wife would let me do this to the door out to the garage... maybe someday. In any event, very nice job!! I love the shading technique you used.

rafagames (author)2013-06-11

Does the screwdriver need to be sonic?
I'll put this door on my tv-show-room, when I have one :D
Cool project!

eleanor1600 (author)2013-06-09

I love doctor who and so does my sister when i show her this she will go crazy in a good way. Lol. Great job.

Akai Koru (author)2013-06-07

Awesome job. Looks fantastic!

d_duck (author)2013-06-06

Great project. Good detail in your instructions. I'm going to have to try this.

kifany (author)2013-06-05


tdc2202 (author)2013-06-04

Very nice "ible" ! I can see many other effects you can do this with. Thanks for sharing.

bofarr (author)2013-06-04

Great geek trompe l'oeil effect! Thanks for sharing...

EaglesNest (author)2013-06-04

You set both my hearts aflutter with this! Thanks!

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