Book Week Costume – Dr Who’s TARDIS

We’ve been a bit busy recently working on this year’s Book Week costume, but I couldn’t share it until the parade was over (apart from a few teasers on Instagram). And it was this morning!

We’ve already done costumes for the current popular characters (Ash Ketchum last year, Eli Shane in 2015, Hiccup the year before that…), and every year there are plenty of Harry Potter characters so we were going to leave that alone. This year I told our young man to go to Pinterest for some inspiration. And he came up with the TARDIS! There are a great variety of TARDIS costumes on Pinterest, some of which I pinned to my Book Week Costume Ideas board.We started with a rather large cardboard box. We worked out the size that we wanted, working around some damaged parts of the box, then cut it down and re-assembled it. A coat of blue paint, and it was already starting to look the part!

TARDIS blue box

We decided to add a ‘hat’ with the light from atop the TARDIS. I cut a very simple cardboard square with a wide band underneath, mortar board style. Hot glue worked well for this. We used a clean, empty, plastic bottle as the ‘light’ part, and we cut a small hole so we could insert some battery operated fairy lights 🙂


TARDIS lights

Trying it on to check the size…the plastic ‘light’ needed to be a bit shorter, but otherwise looking good so far!

TARDIS testing

At this point we added some hessian straps to sit over his shoulders. Again, hot glue did a great job!

Then it was just a matter of adding the details.

A couple of strips of blue paper added to the ‘hat’, although you may notice we added an extra strip along the base of the light a bit later

TARDIS hat 1

I downloaded the Police Box sign, and printed out 4 copies. I only needed one copy of the other sign 🙂 Links to both are pinned to my Book Week Costume Ideas board. I drew the windows by hand. Here I was seeing how they would be placed, before gluing them down. Silly me forgot to allow for the fact that the box isn’t square, and the windows on the sides are not so well spaced 😦

TARDIS windows

To make it all look neater, we painted more brown paper and used strips to edge the cut corrugated cardboard. This looked so much better!


I also drew extra panels on the front and back. Because the sides are narrower and the window panels didn’t fit so well, I didn’t add the extra panels on the sides.



Book Week parade

This costume took a fair bit of time to put together, but nothing needed to be bought – a real trash to treasure outfit! Someone was throwing out the large cardboard box, the light was from an empty milk bottle, and the fairy lights we already had and will be re-used. I always have hot glue sticks and paint ready for action lol.

Even better, once the parade was over I brought the costume home and posted it on my local facebook buy, sell, swap pages. It sold within an hour! A local mum got a great deal on a ready-made, original costume, and I will get a few extra dollars 🙂

Linking up with:

The DIY Dreamer – From Dream to Reality, My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies – Brag About It, Oh My Heartsie Girl – Wonderful Wednesday, Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesday, Welcome to the Weekend – Claire Justine, Creative Mondays – Claire Justine, The Life of Jennifer Dawn – A Little Bird Told Me, DIY Showoff – That DIY Party, Plucky’s Second Thought – Cooking and Crafting With J&J, My Pinterventures – Merry Monday, Create With Joy – Inspire Me Monday, I Should Be Mopping the Floor – Inspiration Monday, The DIY Mommy – The Creative Corner, Mother2Mother – Sunday’s Best, Nifty Thrifty Things, Love of Home – Sundays at Home, My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies – Brag About It, My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies – Snickerdoodle Create, Bake, Make, That Recipe – Happiness is Homemade, Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party, Our Home Away From Home – Tuesdays at Our Home,The Mrs Tee – Mommy Monday, Cedar Hill Farmhouse – The Scoop, Little Bits of Home – Dream, Create, Inspire, Twin Dragonfly Designs – The Handmade Hangout,The Pin Junkie, Life With Lorelei – Home Matters, Shoestring Elegance – What to Do Weekends, Raising Fairies and Knights – Bloggers Spotlight, Simply Sweet Home – Friday Favourites, Oh My Heartsie Girl – Friday Features, Strawberry Butterscotch – Saturday Shuffle, Little Miss Celebration – Best of the Weekend, The Sway – Saturday Sharefest, 21 Rosemary Lane – Share Your Style,

5 thoughts on “Book Week Costume – Dr Who’s TARDIS

  1. This is fabulous! I love that you made the top actually light up. That is a great safety feature in addition to being more story-accurate. Thanks for the awesome idea!

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