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Dr Who Tardis & Sonic Screwdrivers – CleverPatch DIY Dad Challenge

I’ll admit that this week’s DIY Dad challenge took some extra thinking. It began with this surprise item:

Wooden Tool Box & Tool Shapes
(click here to check the Tool Box and then here to see the Tool Shapes).

Wooden Tool Box & Tool Shapes_CleverPatch

At first glance I figured that CleverPatch had let me off easy. No bundle of robot-sticks or anything-is-possible foam eggs. I’ve got a tool box and some tools – practically finished before I’d started!

But it all fell apart when I tried to work out what to do with them. I could make them look like… tools and a tool box. Hang on, that’s what any old dad would do. Last week’s Futurama Bender Scarecrow (click here to check out our shiny bird-terroriser) was so awesome, that I’ve got a long way to fall. I can’t go from KAPOW one week to KERSPLAT the next. The pressure is on.

And thanks to Phenom-A-Mum’s geeky Dr Who love, I’m back in the game!

DOCTOR WHO

Weird versions of regular tools? Check. Tool box-shaped phone booth. Check.
I’d like to welcome you all to the very nerdy but very cool:

Dr Who’s Tardis & Sonic Screwdrivers

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What you will need:

  • CleverPatch wooden tool box
  • blue, white, black and yellow acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • thin-tipped black permanent marker
  • ruler
  • blue craft foam
  • toothpaste screw-on cap
  • craft glue
  • CleverPatch wooden tool shapes (pack of 8)
  • white, red & blue pipe cleaners

It’s really very simple because the basic shapes already exist. All we have to do is change how we look at them!

Step 1 – build the tool box

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It’s already cut to shape and ready to assemble. BOOM!

Just slot the six parts together, using craft or PVA glue to make it permanent. I put a few rubber bands around it, to hold the shape, whilst it dried for an hour.

Step 2 – paint the tool box

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Crazy easy second step: Paint the tool box blue. But make sure you paint ALL of the toolbox, including the bottom.

I couldn’t find a tardis-esque blue paint, so I created it by mixing basic blue, aquamarine and white. As the English would say, “Spiffy!”.

Remember, this is where the average punter finishes. Onto Step 3 awesome dads!

Step 3 – draw on the details

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Pick one end of the tool box to be the “top” of the phone box.

Using a thin-tipped black permanent marker and a ruler, draw two rows of four rectangles onto each of the long panels. Allow room at the “top” (approx. 15mm) for placement of the “POLICE BOX” signs.

[These are supposed to be squares, according to the original Tardis, but clearly it wasn’t dealing with the dimensions that I have here (just alternate & parallel ones – geek gag!). I actually cheated and did two rectangles and two squares, to help capture that classic look].

On the bottom panel draw a door handle and lock.

Paint all of the windows at the “top” with white paint. When dry, outline with marker and draw on window bars.

Step 4 – print & stick on decals

Google “Tardis decals” and you’ll get a range of images pop up. You could use this version:

tardis decals

 

Click the image above to visit the Flickr account that I found this on.

Scale down the images to fit your model and print:
POLICE BOX sign = 45mm x 12mm
FREE FOR PUBLIC USE sign = 17mm x 20mm

Cut the decals out and glue them onto the box

Step 4 – build the top of the phone box

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Cut out three squares of blue craft foam (50mm x 50mm) and glue them together into a neat pile. Then glue the pile onto the “top” of the phone box, ensuring it is centred for the bottom panel.

Cut out three smaller squares (35mm x 35mm) and repeat. (If you don’t have foam that matches the colour of the rest of the box, just paint the foam).

You will now have a mini Aztec pyramid, ready to be upgraded to the 21st Century:

Step 5 – create the flashing lamp (without any flashing)

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Grab the screw-cap off your toothpaste, or find something similar. Cut out a few different pieces from the blue craft foam: a long strip to wrap around the bottom of the cap, a circle (use the bottom of the cap as your size guide), and six very thin strips.

Cut one radius of the circle and overlap the foam here, so that you create a slight cone shape; glue onto the top of the cap. Stick the six thin strips vertically onto the cap, at equal distances. Wrap the long strip around the base of the cap and glue in place.

How tops is this little lamp? Use some more glue to attach it on top of the foam piles.

Hopefully your tool box now looks something like this when you stand it on its end:

tardis original

Step 6 – paint some tools

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I only used the screwdrivers and the spanners because they lent themselves to become Sonic Screwdrivers without a whole bundle of buzz saw action (and the loss of any digits). A quick paint with white, light grey and dark grey to give them some metallic definition.

When the paint is dry, I scribbled details on using the permanent marker. Here’s a reference for you to work from:

sonic screwdrivers original
Click the image to visit the original webpage – themarysue.com

Step 6 – pipe cleaner details

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The image above shows how I made two of the sonic screwdrivers.

What I’ve neglected to mention is that I needed to put a hole at the top of each tool, for the pipe cleaner to be threaded through. I used a hammer and nail but did manage to crack the underside of each due to the layered nature of MDF. Although I didn’t try it, I’m guessing that using a drill and small drill bit would be less likely to damage the tools.

Create a pipe cleaner loop, feed it through the hole and use your pliers to lock it in. Then create a smaller loop of a different colour, with long ends on each side. Use your pliers to twist the long ends onto the larger loop. Add some extra pipe cleaner along the handle to add some extra space-y flair.

And KAPOW – here are the finished Sonic Screwdrivers & the Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Cane:

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The ultimate test was yet to come. Would a toddler think these were cool or just some weird stuff that’s not as interesting as the ping pong ball he found a few minutes earlier?

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SUCCESS!!!!

Little E was literally agog (see open mouth in image above)! He loved the Sonic Screwdrivers and enjoyed picking up the Tardis tool box.

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Although he didn’t care about the awesome Tardis detailing on the box, he loved having a tool box to carry and put things in and out of. It even became home to half-chewed pieces of apple. Lucky that the Tardis has an infinite space inside, to fit all of this pre-chew-goo.

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The Sonic Screwdrivers were definitely the big hit though. I didn’t give him any suggestions, and within a second he was waving them around crazily and making sort-of lazer noises. That’s my mini-geek!

So while he’s going nutsoid with the tools, I might steal the tool box and put it on the mantlepiece. I’m proud of my Tardis. That’s a Sci-Fi BOOM! for this project.

Are you a Dr Who fan? Which Dr Who paraphernalia would you want to have on your mantle?
Let me know in the comments below:


This is not a paid post, however CleverPatch are providing Big Kid Little Kid with the craft materials used in this post.

DISCLAIMER: This crafty dad-craft consists of my original craft design and engineering, but it is inspired by products and/or characters that I did not invent. DR WHO and its associated characters, including the Tardos and Sonic Screwdrivers, are not my invention and are either trademarks or registered trademarks of their owners in Britain and/or other countries. This homemade craft is in no way official nor endorsed by the trademark holders.

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David Hawkins

Half nerd, all Dad & Founder of Big Kid Little Kid, the go-to blog for Awesome Dads. David is on a personal mission to become a more awesome dad to his two sons and teach them all the facets of being a major nerd. NES-off anybody?
  • Yes I am a Doctor Who nerd, and yes I was looking at knitting patterns for sonic screwdrivers the other day (why oh why do I feel everything has to be knitted??). I have a feeling that your method is a little easier though Dave. Nice work!

    • David Hawkins

      Knitted versions sound cool, but this approach was definitely lower on the time-suck scale!

  • I’m thinking a Dalek or K-9 would be pretty awesome mantelpiece material. Great callbox!

    • David Hawkins

      Ooh, K-9 would be brilliant! I’ll have to put him on the to-do list

  • This is more than a little bit brilliant, Dave. I’m not even a Dr Who fan and I want one. Very clever. x

    • David Hawkins

      Extra massive thank you Maxabella! If only it wasn’t licensed I could make millions from this.

  • Dr Who used to give me nightmares. For real It was scary shit when I was 8. You really have missed your calling havent you – I see you as a crafting extraordinaire dear sir!

    • David Hawkins

      Why thank you Lady Sonia! I’m not sure how to get paid for making these silly things…