Yes, I know, it is not even Thanksgiving yet, but in my house Christmas begins in October. A few months ago, my son saw the Doctor Who TARDIS lights in a store and asked if we could get them. I immediately decided that we were going to make an entire Doctor Who Christmas tree and this DIY beauty is sitting right next to me on the table by the couch, little TARDIS lights all aglow!
This little tree is almost entirely DIY and I am going to show you how I made the ornaments!
First, the things that were purchased:
- tiny plastic Triceratops, from Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. These were purchased 10 years ago from Oriental Trading for my son’s 2nd birthday party, so I doubt they still carry the exact set. I still have giant tubs of my son’s toys in the basement.
- the Doctor Who TARDIS lights
- the 4th Doctor’s crazy scarf that can be seen wrapped around the bottom of the tree as a tree skirt. The scarf is only $30 at Oriental Trading, but it was sent to me at no cost. SO inexpensive for a Doctor Who replica!!
Now for the ornaments I made…
Scary snowmen from the Victorian-era Christmas episode The Snowmen. Obviously, this is evil snow.
All you need: two sizes of styrofoam balls, a toothpick, an ornament hook, and a black permanent marker. Attach the balls together with the toothpick. Make sure you smoosh them together so that they look like the snowman on the right. The snowman on the left just doesn’t cut it. Use one of the images here for inspiration to draw the mouth and eyes. The last step is to insert an ornament hook into the back of the snowmen.
Making a tiny River Song diary takes way more time than the snowman.
The cover can be downloaded free from BBC. I shrunk this down and printed it, along with 20 sheets of paper for the book pages. Because the pages are so small (1.5 inches tall) they held together really well with a small amount of glue.
The Weeping Angel was by far the most complicated ornament I made. I found a very small doll at Walmart for $4. It was the smallest I could find. She is a ‘Barbie and the Secret Door’ 4″ princess. I cannot find her sold online individually, but here in this photo you can see what she looked like before we cut her arms in half and chopped her plastic hair and tiara off. Her arms were straight and her hair was really long.
I had nothing to do with the next part. My husband took small pieces of wire, super heated them, and inserted them into both sections of her arms. This way her arms could be bent. To cover the wire, he used modeling clay.
That strange piece of fabric above is actually her dress. I pushed it over her big head, bunched up around her waist, and secured it with the elastic opening part of a balloon (we didn’t have any rubber bands small enough for her waist and I do not sew.) After spray painting the doll and the simple cardboard wings, I hot glued them together. Scroll back up to the top and see her sitting as the tree topper. She is so cute, and not scary like the real Weeping Angels.
These glasses were so easy to make and I am going to share the template with you below. All you need is white card stock, a glue stick, a small amount of blue and red cellophane, plus a way to cut the card stock, and a way to score the glasses along the fold.
I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut the glasses, but you could use scissors or a sharp craft knife. I used a ruler and a nail file to score them along the top part that gets folded down. After that, all it takes is a layer of glue to secure the cellophane to each eye opening and then more glue to hold the folded down part in place.
The Pandorica. The episodes featuring this mysterious giant cube located under Stonehenge were some of my favorite in the history of Doctor Who.
These cubes were so easy to make it is ridiculous. I am always making things with cubes so I have a nice supply of 1″ x 1″ cubes that my husband cut out of square dowel rods. The pictures of the 6 sides of the Pandorica came from here. It amazes me how talented some of these artists are. Next came my best friend Mod Podge and holes drilled into the top by my husband. Those hooks are simple brass screw-in cup hooks like these ones.
Since I certainly cannot knit, painted ribbon was my only option for making an ornament for the 4th Doctor’s scarf. If you have never heard the story of how the amazingly long 14-foot long scarf came to be, it is quite funny. The producer asked his friend to knit a scarf. He gave her several boxes of different colored wool and left her with no direction other than “please knit me a scarf.” She ended up using ALL of the wool to create the iconic and most recognized scarf in the world.
The template came from here. I mixed up the colors on a plate until I reached colors close to my Oriental Trading scarf. Sometimes, like with the blue, I reached the right color by painting in layers right on the ribbon. It was an…interesting…project.
Then there are these 5 ornaments…
- Clara’s leaf is a simple leaf image found online. I laminated it and added a matching ribbon.
- The Atraxi is a simple snowflake ornament with a googly eye stuck to the middle.
- The TARDIS key is an old key spray-painted silver and tied to a piece of twine.
- My no-sew bowtie, seen in The Ultimate Doctor Who Party.
- A plaster Dalek, also seen in The Ultimate Doctor Who Party. A hole was carefully drilled into the top for a brass cup hook.
Our next task is a fandom tree, with Star Trek, Star Wars, Sherlock, Once Upon a Time, Harry Potter, and Middle Earth. Stay tuned!
Thank you again to Oriental Trading for the free product and for helping to make my Christmas tree even more fantastic.
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