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
- Flat, hollow-core door
- Police Telephone sign
- St. John Ambulance decal
- Police Box decal
- Adhesive silver foil
- 3" wide strips of balsa wood
- Behr paint in Royal Breeze
- Black paint
- Painters tape
Step 1 - Create the TARDIS door panels
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.
Once the pieces were securely attached to the door, I removed the tape and started preparing for painting.
I also removed the section of balsa wood that was covering the doorknob hole by scoring the wood from the opposite side and carefully cutting around the hole.
In this picture you can also see the additional 1" wide strip of balsa wood I glued to the center vertical line, since the actual TARDIS door frame is raised in the center, like this.
Oh, David Tennant, how I miss you!
Step 2 - Paint 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.
I did the same treatment to the door frame, which was plain old rectangular trim. This photo is lightened up so you could get a better look at the brush strokes.
Step 3 - TARDIS door signs and windows
The lettering on the Police Box sticker was cut out rather than printed on, so I left the top of the door trim white so it would show through the holes.
Finally, I attached the "windows" using this silver foil sticky paper. Divide each top section into 6 equal parts, leaving ⅜" of space between each "window pane."
And there you have it! The door stays open most of the time, and I like how we can admire the TARDIS door when we're hanging out on the couch (watching Doctor Who, of course!)
And here's the view of it coming down the stairs. Never fails to put a smile on my face!
I hope this tutorial will help fellow Whovians create their own timey-wimey TARDIS door!