Everyone knows I love a good creative shoot, especially with newborns, so it should be no surprise that when a Whovian mama came to me with the idea to photograph her new baby in a mini Tardis, I jumped at the chance!
One slight problem: I’d never watched Doctor Who and I had no idea what a Tardis was, let alone how to make one. Thankfully, I had a great resource and an assistant who loves Doctor Who!
We used this post on Instructables.com as a guide, and if you want more specific measurements definitely use that post for reference! The detail and clear instructions are so helpful. We used it as more of a guide/inspiration and made our own adjustments for size… and of course, took no measurements! Our main materials were a bit of wood, some spray paint, printouts, a small apothecary jar, and LOTS of cardboard! And glue… we used a lot of glue.
We started with a simple frame made of strips of wood, then began cutting out the cardboard! Each time we had a piece ready to attach to the wood frame, we used Gorilla glue and some clamps!
We knew we wanted to add some depth and dimension, so we cut out the windows with the plan to put backing on them later.
We skipped the hinges and used an exacto knife to cut halfway through some strips of cardboard, allowing it to bend and make the doors!
The roof was by far the hardest part to get right! But it came out alright! We added small strips of cardboard to create trim for the booth.
Blue spray paint is a must… LOTS of blue spray paint! We went through two cans just for this little Tardis!
We used a small apothecary jar to make the light on top and covered the middle portion with painters tape before spray painting. We attached it to the top with hot glue!
We painted around the windows with white acrylic paint, and we printed the police box signs from online! The Pull To Open sign was a little more difficult. We had to edit that a few times to get it right before printing!
The final touch was adding this galaxy poster board inside!
Creating this Tardis was a lot of work, but also so much fun, and it really paid off!
To see the ADORABLE photos of the baby Doctor and her
Tardis, check out our next blog post: Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Newborn Shoot!