Mar 18 2011 9:58am

Make Your Own Paper TARDIS

Weekly Who is taking a break this week so we can present to you this fun Who home project!

Cubee TARDIS by CyberDrone

Make your own paper TARDIS! ...Or Dalek, or Cyberman, or Adipose, or even Doctor.

deviantARTist Cyberdrone (Chris), has created free, downloadable Doctor Who Cubee figure patterns for all eleven Doctors, many of the companions, a handful of TARIS models (even the Bad Wolf one), and a slew of enemies. He’s made more varieties of Dalek than you can shake a sonic at. And you can make any of them using nothing more than a printer, some scissors, and a sharp knife/box cutter.

What’s a Cubee? It’s a pattern for a paper toy which can be printed flat, cut out, and folded together. It holds its shape through interlocking tabs, rather than tape or glue. The Cubee Craft site (where some of these designs are featured), has FAQ and printing help. They even have a template for you to make your own.

I e-mailed Chris/Cyberdrone (not the same Chris who runs Cubee Craft) to ask how he made these work. He replied

My work is just on MSpaint [put] into the cubeecraft template and then [I] just use the free GIMP program to do the 3D preview illustrations of how they will look when cut and folded up.

Some of my favorite patterns are (click on the image to go to the pattern):

Weeping Angel

Weeping Angel Cubee papercraft

(With two face options.)


Damaged Cyberman

Damanged Cyberman Cubee papercraft

(You can make several kinds of normal ones, too.)


Baby Adipose

Baby Adipose Cubee papercraft

(Something those of us with black and white printers can make!)

Now we just need a volunteer to find out whether making a thousand paper TARDISes will summon The Doctor or just men in white coats.

RuthX is a mild-mannered librarian by day who serves the dread lord Cthulhu after dark and needs a hobby knife and color printer, STAT.

Ty Margheim
1. alSeen
I love these things.

A few tips for everyone.

use a craft xacto knife, scissors will not work for these. put the paper on a cutting board when you do them.

Use cardstock, not everyday paper.

Be aware that there is a mistake on the Police kiss-o-gram Amy Pond. The slots for the left arm are the wrong direction.

I have all the Doctor Who ones printed out and I construct a new one every week or so. I have K-9, 11th Doctor, Police Amy, Black Daleck, Tardis, a Cyberman, and the "nice" Weeping Angel completed already.

He also has patterns for Star Wars, Star Trek and a ton of other shows.

Ruth X
2. RuthX
@1 very nice! And thanks for the tips. :) I have a whole ream of cardstock, I just need a color printer. Until then, it's Adpisode (and maybe Cybermen and Weeping Angels) for me.
Noneo Yourbusiness
3. Longtimefan
It is pretty amazing how many there are.

And yet.... no Romana. (one or two)

I am certain he will get around to her eventually. :)
Warren Ockrassa
4. warreno
"What’s a Cubee?"

He was that kid on the original Mickey Mouse Club, right?
5. Sebastiane
Here's a bunch of other Doctor Who papercrafts that I found, it's a bit more complicated to assemble though.
6. jennyice
yeah thas all great, but how do u get the tardis??
8. JoanDalek
Hi! I love it. I'm making the TARDIS. When can I get the Dalek? And Matt? And Amy? And K-9? THANKS!!
9. Abbatakk
Do you have the patterns for the other charactors? (e.g. the doctor, dalek, K-9)

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