Doctor Who Birthday Card




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This extraordinary "Doctor Who" card resembles the 11th doctor (played by Matt Smith). This card features the distinctive bow tie he usually wears, and the Sonic Screwdriver sticking out of his pocket. Also, this card uses velcro to keep it closed. When the card is opened, the recipient will read a birthday message containing a pun. This card will appeal to any "Doctor Who" fan or "whovian". It is sure to delight anyone who receives it.


Step 1: Supplies

For this instructable you will need:

2 brown craft buttons


An X-ACTO knife

A glue stick or an adhesive roller

Velcro dots

Scotch tape

Not shown in photo:

2 sheets of dark brown card stock. (8.5 in. by 11 in.)

2 or 3 sheets of white printer paper

A sheet of tan paper

A printer

Step 2: Begining

Start by using your scissors to cut out a 2 in. by 4.25 in. rectangle from the corner of one of the brown pieces of paper. Then fold the card the same way the card in the photos has been folded. Next, you should need a white piece of paper that measures to 5 inches by 8.5 inches. Cut a piece out that size (5 in. by 8.5 in.) from a sheet of white printer paper, and glue it (or stick it if you have an adhesive roller) on the inside of the card (the same way as shown in the photo).

Step 3: Making the Jacket

Next, you will need to fold the top parts of the card back a little so that you have 2 brown triangles (the lapels of the jacket) and a white triangle (the dress shirt). The photos in this step demonstrate how to do this. After that you are going to have to cut out 2 smaller triangles from both of the bigger brown ones. This will make it look more like a jacket. Now take your piece of tan paper, and cut a semicircle out of it. Glue the semicircle to the center top of the white inside. To give the coat a realistic look, use a glue stick (or an adhesive roller) to attach 2 brown buttons to the front of the card. Once again, the photos demonstrate this step.

Step 4: Adding the Pocket & Bow Tie

There is a PDF file in this step that you will need to print before proceeding. Once you have printed it, you will need to use your X-ACTO knife to cut out the Sonic Screwdriver. After that, you will need to cut out a small rectangle (about 1.5 in. by 2 in.) from your other sheet of brown paper. To make the rectangle look like a pocket, you will need to cut out a small semicircle from the top of the rectangle. Now take the Sonic Screwdriver and tape it to the back of the pocket using a piece of scotch tape. Be sure to have stick out a little so that it seems as if it is sticking out of his (Matt Smith's) pocket. Glue the piece you just made (the pocket with the Sonic Screwdriver sticking out) to the right side of the card (next to the buttons). Using the same piece of paper you cut the Sonic Screwdriver out of, also cut out the red bow tie. Use your glue stick (or adhesive roller) to to attach it to the lapel on the right. It is important that you attach it to only 1 lapel (the one on the right), this way the card can still open without causing any damage.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

To keep the card closed, you will need to add some velcro dots. There needs to be 2 velcro dots added to the card, they should be located directly under the 2 buttons. The photos in this step show how to do it.

Next, you can cut out the birthday message on the paper you printed earlier and tape to the inside of the card, or you can write your own message. Thats it! You're done!

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28 Discussions


2 years ago

God! This is awesome I will do it


3 years ago

Very nice project.


4 years ago

What size velcro dots did you use? I am planning on making this card but as invitations for my son's birthday party.


4 years ago



4 years ago

Thanks for this Instructable! My son is nuts over The Doctor. Your instructions and files made this easy to do.

Instead of a card, I made mine as invites. To make the process more repeatable and less one off, I employed Photoshop. I drew out the fold and cut lines and printed them out. I drew out buttons and a pocket and printed these on the reverse side. The insert is also separate and printed as well. Your bow tire and sonic screwdriver are great and really add that dimensional look.

I'm extremely pleased with the results. My my son is ecstatic! Thanks again for sharing your design.

2 replies

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

These are my two files. They are letter sized. Most printers won't print edge to edge - mine won't. I made things work. You could shrink these to 98% or so and make the card smaller if you wanted the entire thing to print. The second file is my quick and dirty buttons and pocket image. Not as nice as goldlego's, but handy if you're making several copies.

Doctor Who card.jpgDoctor Who card 2.jpg

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

Thanks! I am so glad my design worked well for you. I admire the way you modified the design into an invitation. I am glad your son was thrilled. Keep on creating!


4 years ago

this is a awsome idea for my bros birthday next week cause its the day after min


4 years ago on Introduction

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5 years ago on Introduction

Congrats to you too! I hope you do well in the contest.


5 years ago

This is so cool