Introduction: Yard Zombies for Halloween or Paintball

Finalist - Halloween Decorations Contest
Finalist - Halloween Photo Instructables Contest

I made it at TechShop

Okay boils and gouls, here's your chance to create your own zombie apocalypse. Great for Halloween or even paintball targets! But sorry, since we sell these, no pattern is available at this time.


4' x 8' sheet of plywood or OSB
1/2" PVC pipe approximately 2' long
1/2" rebar approximately 3' long
Flat black latex house paint
Flat black spray paint
Construction adhesive
Tools (all available at TechShop):
ShopBot and VCarve software
Cold saw / chop saw
Miter saw
Bastard file (optional)
Metal sander or bench grinder (optional)
Hammer (for installation)
Create your zombies
  • Import or create your zombie design into the VCarve software. (We are selling these commercially, so sorry, the pattern in not available for download.)
  • You will see from the photos, that we painted both sides of the OSB before cutting, to try to make it easier to finish, but in the end, we decided that it really wasn't worth it.
  • Cut the shapes on the ShopBot. WARNING: If you are cutting OSB, be sure to use a spiral bit, and turn the spinal speed WAY down, to avoid overheating and potential fire hazard.
  • You will also see from the photo that we cut a 1/4" wide x 1/4" vertical groove for the PVC pipe.
  • Round off any burrs or sharp edges with the bastard file and/or sandpaper
  • Paint with flat black latex paint.
  • Using the miter saw cut a length of 1/2" PVC approximately 2' long. (No longer than your groove.)
  • Rough up the PVC with sandpaper. This will allow the spray paint to stick.
  • Using construction adhesive, attach the PVC to the back of the cutout, and allow it to set (at least overnight).
  • Spray paint the PVC.
  • Using the cold saw, cut a length of 1/2" rebar approximately 3' long. If you wish, you can use the sander or bench grinder to create a point or taper to the ends of the rebar to make them easier to pound into the ground.
  • Pound the rebar into the ground with a hammer.
  • Slide the zombie over the rebar.
  • Looks great day or night, front or back lit!


sebr3 made it!(author)2016-09-25

i use a pojector with this picture to draw the design size i want and cut in wood

kstern made it!(author)2014-09-22

do you sell these?

lime3D made it!(author)2014-09-23

Only in the Metro Detroit area (too big for shipping).

chupcabra made it!(author)2014-10-23

Just much do you charge

lime3D made it!(author)2014-10-24

Private message sent.

kstern made it!(author)2014-09-23

Too bad i'm in northern NJ, these are so awesome... Thanks for responding!

ltrevino2 made it!(author)2014-05-29

Do you sell these?

lime3D made it!(author)2014-10-09

In metro Detroit.

Transmute70 made it!(author)2014-10-03

We made five for this Halloween season! Instructions were easy to follow and tools and supplies easy to find; they have a nice effect, especially at night! They've already startled a few neighbors.

My only recommendation is to mind the weather; during a day of 20+ mph wind gusts, one of mine did sustain some minor cracking where the PVC ended near the knee.

lime3D made it!(author)2014-10-04

Thanks for the feedback. I think the best thing to do is extend the PVC all the way up. It is cheap, and will give it plenty of strength.

dstichter made it!(author)2014-06-19

Awesome idea . The perfect target for guns at the range. Thanks for the idea.

mquiring1 made it!(author)2013-03-05

really awesome just right for us in Germany

poofrabbit made it!(author)2012-11-13

Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!

lime3D made it!(author)2012-11-14


MD_Willington made it!(author)2012-10-14

Any way you could make them out of R500 steel? May be quite the thing at the target range...

lime3D made it!(author)2012-10-15

Cut them on a waterjet, and weld the rebar.

MD_Willington made it!(author)2012-10-15

I figured, closest water jet is the rig we have at work, but that's off limits. We'd have an awesome fablab if we were allowed to play with all the machines at work ; )

lime3D made it!(author)2012-10-15

TechShop has a waterjet and is open to all members. That is how I cut the diamond plate for my trailer project.

MD_Willington made it!(author)2012-10-15

Yeah I'm no where near one of the Tech Shops..

SGT.+Desert made it!(author)2012-10-02

Supper Cool !!!!!
Time to decorate the wall whit Zombie brains

Dusk+Shadows made it!(author)2012-09-08

That is really cool!!

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