Light-Up TARDIS Hat Is Just What a Doctor Who Fan Needs
If you’re going to dress like a TARDIS, consider adding a feature that lights up just like the spaceship. Instructables user kemcelroy created a hair fascinator that looks like the light on top of the TARDIS, and it glows with bright white LEDs. She used a spice jar for the housing, copper sheeting, solid-core wire, and more to fashion the accessory. Here’s how she made the housing:
I found a large, plastic spice jar, pictured, that I cut in half to make my light dome. You may use any translucent, cylindrical shaped vessel.
Use the Goo Gone to get the label off of your spice jar. Cut the jar with a hacksaw to be your preferred height. Sand the outside of the jar to make it diffuse the light a bit.
Make a roof out of plastic or copper sheeting by cutting out a circle, cutting one slit to the center, and hot gluing it to make it concave (somewhat similar to the base). Hot glue the roof to the top of the dome, and paint it black.
Add window mullions to the outside by painting four thick lines equally spaced, with two thinner lines between them, and two horizontal lines all the way around (see the final image for a better idea).
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