The “POLICE BOX” Sign

Materials

-Wax Paper

-Painter’s tape

-Stencil

-Sharpie

-Ruler

-Plexiglass

-Black plastic spray paint

-Clear spray paint

The Process

The “Police Box” sign on each of the doctor’s tardises (or is it tardi) are very similar. However, I used this photo of the tenth doctor’s tardis sign as my reference.

You can’t see it in this picture, but the sign on the original tardis lights up, so we wanted our sign to light up also. So, the sign is made out of plexiglass. Because we couldn’t find any white plexiglass we used clear and just used a white backing. The obvious way to put the letters on was to use a stencil, which was the most  complicated part of making the sign.

I figured the best way to do the letters was to make a stencil out of painter’s tape, stick it to the sign, spray paint over it, then peal the letters off. Of course this required me to actually make the letters. I began by printing out the letters I wanted on the sign onto cardstock. This allowed me to have a stencil to make the tape stencil.

The wax paper covered in painter's tape

Me tracing the letters onto the tape

The letters traced onto the tape

I cut out the printed letters and traced them onto wax paper covered in painter’s tape. The wax paper made it easy to peal off the letters and stick them onto the actual sign.

The letters cut out

I was then able to cut out the letters made of tape. Then I waited for my dad to cut the plexiglass to the size of the signs.

The plexiglass for the sign

Next, I started to stick the letters onto the actual sign. Coincidentally, I was watching Doctor Who at the time with my mum.

Me putting the letters onto the sign

The sign with the text on it

After I had finished putting the letters onto all four of the signs, I brought them out to the garage to spray paint.

The signs ready to be spray painted

Me spray painting the signs

The signs covered in paint

Then I went into the house and discussed calculus with my dog. (I think I was spray-painting a bit long.)

The next morning, I pealed the letters off the sign. I was worried that the black paint would peal, so I cut around each letter with a razor blade before pealing the letter off.

The first sign done!

All of the signs done. You wouldn't believe how much cat hair was in the paint.

I was really pleased at how the signs turned out. The only problem was that the black paint really liked to peal. To fix this I applied a clear spray paint finish.

Me putting a clear finish on the signs

Once I was done with this I had another discussion with my dog, this time about politics.

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  1. Can we just buy one from you?(:

  2. Is there ANY chance I can purchase one stencil from you? Could you let me know ASAP?

    • I made the template using Ariel (or it might have been ariel bold or ariel narrow) font in Microsoft word. I don’t remember what pt font I used. I got an idea of the size of the letters should be (by figuring out the dimensions of the sign, then by deciding on the approximate height and the width necessary to fit them all into the sign), and then I figured out what version of Ariel and what pt font basically by trial and error.
      I don’t still have the word doc for the police box sign. I do however have the template for the sign on the door if you’d like me to email that to you. If it would be helpful, I can go measure the height of the letters for you in the next couple days.
      I’d love to hear what kind of tardis project you’re planning! And I hope this was helpful!
      -Meg

  3. Omg. I have been trying to find the font for the sign on the door for the last two months… I’ve been messing around with different fonts and nothing seems to come out right! I am making a “mini” tardis out of an old and beautiful box, and, if possible, I would love to get your template for the sign on the door!

  4. Which font did you use? Thanks


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