With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I would share with you my most recent creative project. Last week my work had a Dynamic Duos day, where we dressed up in costumes to show how we can have fun while we work. This is somewhat similar to that scene in Office Space where they’re promoting crazy Hawaiian shirt day. However, I think our days are way fucking cooler. (Mainly because I help plan them.) To make sure the coolness factor hits above Lumbergh’s head, Bestie and I always try to plan something great.
In the last few months we’ve become some of the crazed Whovians you see blowing up your Facebook feed with David Tennant memes. I didn’t think this would ever be me, but after a few episodes I was sucked into full dork-dom. It was only fitting we chose The 11th Doctor and his Tardis for our twosome costume.
It was easy to choose. Bestie settled on being the Doctor while I took the Tardis challenge. Her thin body has no problem finding the right garb at the local thrift store and I enjoy a creative build. Well, I enjoy it for the planning stages and about five minutes into the project. After that, I usually throw my arms in the air and curse myself for these stupid ideas. I thought it’s my duty to Whovians everywhere to show you how to build your own Tardis by documenting my mistakes.
Start with a new box.
Don’t get cheap on your ass. I went for a scavenged box and the dented sides didn’t help when construction was underway. It’s worth the five bucks to pay for a sound moving box.
Use a template for the cut out inserts.
To maintain stability on the box, I only cut out inserts for the front. I thought it would be the part people saw the most, so who cared if I painted the sides. Use the extra cardboard cut out from the bottom to tape behind the cutouts to give that beveled look. If you are really an overachiever, you can do all the sides and look like a bad ass. I recommend you buy some extra cardboard sheets because you won’t have enough to back it. Make your life easier by making a paper template you can trace instead of measuring each rectangle. Good luck wielding the razor blade.
Another favor you can do yourself is buy some blue duck tape. First I tried glue, but it didn’t hold very well.. Then I moved to packing tape and regretted it the whole time.
Paint on a primer coat.
If you want a true blue, you’re going to need a white primer. Maybe you’re as lucky as I am to have a small apprentice who’s dying to use the spray can. Don’t think you can skip it or you’re going to be painting forever only to finish with a dull color. Warning: you might want to do as I did. I announced to all my friends the first person who said I didn’t have the true Tardis blue was going to die a swift death. This will keep those helpful “Whovians” from criticizing your work. If you really want to geek out, there are sites that will give you the actual color formulations to get the real thing.
The Tardis was here.
Print out the windows.
Okay, this part I thought was genius. We picked the 11th Doctor which meant some of the windows were tinted. Why? I’m not quite sure, but I saw it in all the pictures. Because I was too lazy to go get gray paint as I intended, I problem-solved with printing the image and I was pleasantly surprised. I followed suit by printing the Police Box title too.
If I had planned better, I would’ve bought industrial strength glue to attach the windows. Instead, I used a spray adhesive which didn’t hold so well.
Insert windows and add finishing touches.
If you were smart (and I was not), your window template wasn’t bigger than the piece of paper you wanted for the window. The even better idea is not to cut the top windows and attach the print out like the other sides. For the light on the top, I bought a plastic gum container and painted the lid. For an extra special touch I added an electric candle inside. Finish the whole thing by printing the Call Box information and of course adding the St. John’s ambulance sticker Matt Smith brought back with his Tardis.
Find a kick ass friend who is willing to master her costume.
Okay, my best friend is pretty much the shit. Are you seeing this picture?!? How could you ask for anything better? She’s rockin’ the Asian Matt Smith like nobody’s biz.
Be willing to work it.
Okay, so I went full-fledged dork mode and made an obnoxious noise as I turned around in circles throughout the building. For some of the people, they totally got it and thought it was pretty funny. For everyone else, I had to explain I wasn’t an elevator.
Overall, it was a pretty fun day. Hopefully some of my tips (and failures) will help you on your pursuit to be the best Tardis you can be.