How to make a life size Dalek

The Dalek is one of the most fearsome creatures in the "Doctor Who" universe. Fans can recreate this monstrous, psychopathic robot with some common household items and a little ingenuity.

Cut one pattern from the poster board that measures 10 cm (4 inches) at the top, 20 cm (8 inches) at the bottom and is 90 cm (3 feet) tall. Use this pattern to cut out 14 sections for the Dalek skirt section.

Draw a circle that measures 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter on the poster board. Use this template to draw four evenly spaced circles on each triangular section of the Dalek's skirt. Cut the sections out with a box cutter.

Duct tape the cardboard pieces together on the inside. Before taping the last section, stand the bottom skirt section upright, and tape the last piece to each side of the skirt.

Apply hot glue to the inside area of the cardboard circle cut outs, and insert the plastic Christmas ornaments into each of the holes. Insert the ornaments so that the tops face the inside.

Cut the pool fun noodles into fourteen 10 cm (4 inch) pieces. Hot glue the pool noodle sections to the bottom of the Dalek skirt.

Cut an oblong piece of cardboard that is a little larger than the top area of the Dalek skirt. Hot glue the cardboard to the top of the skirt area. Paint the entire bottom portion of the Dalek in a bronze colour and let it dry.

Measure the inside top half of the plastic laundry basket, and cut out a section of cardboard to those exact measurements. Hot glue the cardboard to the inside top half of the basket. Paint the plastic laundry basket and cardboard with bronze paint and allow it to dry completely.

On the inside, line the bottom half of the laundry basket with the black crepe paper. Hot glue it into place. Put the laundry basket on to the skirt of the Dalek to ensure that it fits properly. Place hot glue on to the top of the laundry basket edge, and centre the basket onto the top section of the Dalek skirt.

Cut the tissue boxes in half. Paint two of the square tissue boxes bronze and one black. Hot glue the two bronze tissue boxes to the front of the laundry basket for arms.

Paint the outside of a large plastic bowl black. Apply silver paint to the dowel rods, the paper towel cardboard tube, one plastic ornament and the plunger.

Hot glue the silver plastic ornament to the end of the cardboard tube. Cut one dowel rod so that it extends through the paper towel tube at the bottom and 5 cm (2 inches) past the outside of the tube. Cut another dowel rod in half, and fix it to the bottom dowel rod on each side. Attach the other end of the dowel rod to the plastic ornament. Insert the paper towel tube into one of the tissue box arms and stick with hot glue. Glue the wire whisk into the other tissue box.

Cut out several circles from the poster board. Cut two 5 cm (2 inch) circles, two 10 cm (4 inch) circles and two 15 cm (6 inch) circles. Paint the circles silver. Cut holes in all the circles, so the circles will slide easily onto the plunger handle.

Stick the plunger to the top of the bowl, and inside the top tissue box. Glue the two plastic shot glasses to the sides of the plastic bowl.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
  • Cardboard box from a large appliance
  • Yard stick
  • 2 to 3 Pool fun noodles
  • 3 Square tissue boxes
  • Duct tape
  • Medium-sized plastic laundry basket
  • Black crepe paper
  • Plunger
  • Large kitchen whisk
  • 2 Tall clear plastic shot glasses
  • Large plastic bowl
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Paper towel cardboard
  • 197, gold plastic 5 cm (2 inch) Christmas ornament balls
  • 5 Pieces of poster board
  • Bronze paint
  • Black paint
  • Silver paint
  • Brushes
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About the Author

Susan Elliott teaches studio art and creative writing to home schooled students. She is a graduate of Northwest Arkansas Community College and the Memphis School of Preaching Student Wives Program. She has written for Christian Woman Magazine and Virtuous Magazine. When she's not writing, she is painting or making costumes.