Calling all Whovians! Follow these easy step-by-step instructions to make your very own TARDIS door. Ability to travel through space and time not included.
My husband has been a Doctor Who fan for years, and he got me hooked as well. He wanted the basement family room of our new house to have the feeling of Peter Capaldi’s TARDIS meets the Whiskey Library (a fancy bar in Portland). I could think of no other way to enter such a room than through a TARDIS door!
Ready to make one of your own? Allons-y!
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Materials Needed for TARDIS Door
Stage 1 – TARDIS Door Framing
I started with the flat front hollow core door that we already had. I removed it from its hinges, took out the doorknob, then lightly sanded it down and wiped off all the dust and grime.
To add dimension to the door and make it look like it has eight raised panels, I used these balsa wood strips. They’re the perfect width and length, thin enough to not interfere with the door closing, and easy to cut to size with a box cutter.
I used the full 3″ width for the top, middle and lower horizontal lines and cut 1″ off the width everywhere else so I would have enough room for Police Telephone sign in one panel. Your measurements will vary depending on the size of your door. I applied wood glue to each piece and held them in place with painters tape, then left it to dry overnight.
Oh, David Tennant, how I miss you!
Stage 2 – Painting the TARDIS Door
After much research and debate, we settled on Behr’s Royal Breeze as the base color for the TARDIS door.
I applied two coats, which ended up looking like this. Not quite right yet…
The color was way too bright, and I wanted the TARDIS door to look aged and beat up. I added some black paint to a cup of the Royal Breeze color, and kept mixing in more until I got the color I wanted. Then, I used a dry brush to brush the new color on very lightly, allowing the brighter blue to show through the brush strokes. I forgot to take a photo of the door before the signs went on, but you get the idea here.
Stage 3 – Finishing Touches
A TARDIS door isn’t complete without the signage! I had given my husband this sign for his birthday, and the St. John Ambulance and Police Box signs are stickers I found on Amazon. The lettering on the Police Box sticker is cut out rather than printed on, so leave the top of the door trim white!
Finally, I attached the “windows” using this silver foil sticky paper. Divided each top section into 6 equal parts, leaving 3/8″ of space between each “window pane.”
I hope this tutorial will help fellow Whovians create their own timey-wimey TARDIS door!
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