Quill a TARDIS!




About: bibliophile, anticonsumerist, dog lover. If I can't make it, I dont need it!

I recently discovered the wonders of quilling! I also have a relatively unhealthy obsession with science fiction. What could be better than to combine the two? I'm quite a Doctor Who fan, so I decided to use the TARDIS as my inspiration because a girl can never have too many pieces of Doctor Who paraphernalia decorating her house. Here is what I used:

black paper cards stock (8 1.5 in sheets)
TARDIS blue card stock (12 x 12 in sheets)
medium blue card stock ( 12 x 12 in sheets)
light blue card stock (12 x 12 in sheets)
cream colored card stock 12 x12 in sheets)
quilling tools
*I use a straight cut paper shredder to cut my paper. So I tend to do a lot of my cutting as I go along. With the exception of the TARDIS blue, which I used a LOT of, I think I started with 3 sheets of each of the others, pre-shredded.


Step 1:

I wanted some different lengths to work with, so I sorted that of before I started. Its not optimal, but occasionally I'll paste pieces together to get longer pieces. That's where pre-cut, manufactured, quilling paper is always better, those long, beautiful pieces....sigh....too bad I'm too cheap to buy it! I also traced the basic outline of the TARDIS on a piece of the cream card stock.

Step 2:

Make two 2 inch squares for the windows. Paste two pieces of paper together and let them dry, these will be the window panes.

Step 3:

Glue the windows and doors in place. Very carefully attach windowpanes. Make another square, about 1.5 inch, for the small sign below the windows. I decided I wanted my TARDIS to look like it had two doors, so I pasted two pieces of black paper together, like I did with the windowpanes, and glued that down the center.

Step 4:

Make bunch of half inch triangles to begin building the black police box sign. If it has really obvious gaps, fill them in with small circles.

Step 5:

Fill in the windows and smaller square below the windows. Using the same technique that was used on the windowpanes, add some definition to the police box sign ( square it up a bit, give it corners).

Step 6:

Make lots and lots of blue shapes. Use med blue along with TARDIS blue for a bit of variation.

Step 7:

Take all those blue shapes and start filling in the TARDIS. I used a lot of heart shapes for this because The Doctor does have two after all! Once the inside is filled in, fill in the outside. I shredded 3 sheets of cream card stock and had leftovers. I think the nice cream color contrasts nicely with all the various shades of blue used in the TARDIS.

Step 8:

And here it it! A unique, geeky, piece of art that any Doctor Who fan would be happy to have! Now I have to make a shadowbox of some sort to display it! Please consider voting for me in the paper craft contest!



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    14 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Say now... This is really interesting. Thanks for the intro to quilling. I wouldn't have known about it if I hadn't seen your instructable. Thanks much!


    3 years ago

    I LOVE this, thanks so much for the instructable!


    4 years ago

    OMG a craft for us whovians!!!!


    Reply 5 years ago

    2955c I believe. I used my phone screensaver and picked the closest match :)


    5 years ago

    And I just thought of something that would be totally awesome and holy crap pain in the butt to do...
    The exploding TARDIS or starry night

    1 reply

    Reply 5 years ago

    I considered the exploding tardis! I need more practice before i attempt something that intricate. Thanks for your kind words!


    5 years ago

    EEEK!! This is awesome! :)