Hey everybody!! I'm going to show you how I make an Amazing Pop-up Tardis from the popular sci-fi show, Dr Who. This was a fun build and my first Instructable.
I have drawn up all the templates and parts for you in powerpoint lol (it took quite a while to get right). Just download the PDF's and assemble it!
It looks awesome and is a great gift for Dr Who fans. Enjoy!
Step 1: Materials and Equipment
- 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
- X-acto knife + cutting mat
Step 2: Aquire Templates
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.
Print on blue card
Print on white paper
Print on white paper
* the second piece of blue card is what i just used for mounting at the end
Step 3: Cut
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
Simply glue the main paper features
Step 5: Glue Finishes on - Part 2
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
Glue the paper onto both sides of each light part. Remove the paper covering the middle slit similar to the previous step.
Step 7: Create Holes
Two of the Tardis sides have little cross-hairs in the bottom right-hand corner. Using a compass (or like tool) make a small hole in the middle of each cross-hair.
- This is for the thread in the later steps.
Step 8: Assemble - Part 1
Step 9: Assemble - Part 2
Continue the assembly by slotting the 'Police Box' signs into the main base.
Step 10: Assemble - Part 3
Probably the hardest assembly step. It gets a bit fiddly and delicate. Just slot the pieces together until they are all interlocked.
Step 11: Assemble - Part 4
You should now have two main pieces assembled. Merge them together as shown above.
Step 12: Assemble - Part 5
Grab the four thin strips (three notches in each) and slot them around the Tardis base (it helps if you turn it up side down).
Take the two thin strips (with five notches in each) and interlock them with each other. Place this cross-hair into the base slots.
At this point all Tardis components are slotted, but not fastened. To fasten it, glue the top cross-hair to the strip ends of the middle light component. This will prevent it from falling apart.
-Sorry if that was a bit confusing but hopefully you should be able to work it out from the pictures.
Step 13: Finished Tardis Body
You have successfully assembled the main collapsible body. Now mount it on the paper and card.
Step 14: Cut Out the Remaining Template
Cut out and make crease.
Step 15: Create Holes for Mounting
At the two small crosses on this template, make two holes at either end with a compass.
(four holes on total)
Step 16: Mounting - Part 1
Thread the needle through one of holes and fasten it with cellotape. Flip the page over so the blank side is facing up with the needle coming out of it. Thread the needle through the Tardis corner cross-hairs we made earlier, and back down through the second hole. Do not fasten this side yet as it requires a bit of moving and re-jigging when you do the other side.
Continue with the other side using the same method.
At this point you will have two loosely held points to the Tardis.
Step 17: Mounting - Part 2
Now close the paper in half so the Tardis is concealed inside. Remove the excess thread slack and tape the other end down (It shouldn't be too tight though). Do the same with the other side - note: you may have to adjust it many times to get it right.
The Tardis should now be well fastened. Now find some blue card so the paper can be supported.
Step 18: Mounting - Part 3
To easily open and close your Tardis, mount on the blue card. I just used a scrap piece lying around. Once you have decided on the card and size, fold it in half and get ready to glue the paper portion on.
BEFORE YOU GLUE IT DOWN!!, cut the thin paper sliver at the crease of the paper. If you don't, the card won't mount properly and won't look as good finished. Glue it in the same position as if that part had not been removed.
Wait for the glue to dry.
Step 19: Step 19: Finished!!!
DONE! You have successfully completed the Amazing Pop-up Tardis Card!!