Punisher Pumpkin




About: I like to design and build random things.

The Punisher is a vigilante superhero in the Marvel Comics. Recently, the Punisher skull has been adopted as the unofficial unit patch for many in the military. Anyway, I like the look of the skull and thought it would be a make an interesting jack-o-lantern design.

Since I have very little artistic ability, I pulled a template from the web. I added dots to the template which are guides for drilling. I painted the pumpkin flat black and then painted the skull white by following the dots (drill holes). Light shines through the holes at night to show the outline.

Step 1: Tools/Materials


  • Knife
  • Dremel Tool or Drill
  • Printer/Template
  • Scissors


  • Pumpkin
  • Tape
  • Paint (black and white)

Step 2: Print Template

Find or draw a punisher skull. I added dots in MS Word so I wouldn’t have to think when drilling the holes. Scale the image to match the size of your pumpkin. I had a fairly large pumpkin so the picture took up most of a 8.5x11 piece of paper. Cutting out a rough outline helps when attaching the rectangular shape to a round pumpkin.

Step 3: Tape Template to Pumpkin

Center template on the nicest side of the pumpkin. Secure to pumpkin with tape.

Step 4: Drill Holes

I used a Dremel tool to drill 1/8” diameter holes. Remove template and clean up any mess with a towel.

Step 5: Paint Flat Black

Paint the entire pumpkin black.

Step 6: Ready for Skull

Cut out the top of the pumpkin and remove the guts. Scrape the layer around the drill holes and verify that none are blocked. Paint the skull white with a small brush. You can use the drill holes as a guide.

Step 7: Night Pictures

Add a candle or tea lights

Step 8: Some Light

This is an inside picture with one light on in the background.

Step 9: Inside With Lights

Step 10: Outside - Daytime

Step 11: More Outside Pictures

Happy Halloween!



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    2 years ago

    a tip i came across a few years ago was to cut the base out instead of the top to scopp all the guts of the pumpkin out. this will give your pumpkin a stable base to stand upright if its cockeyed. As well you can grab part of the stem to help you move it. with cutting the top out you have to keep it while on display but if you cut the bottom you can throw it away with allthe other excess pumpkin parts. if you put an open flame tea light like I do to get the traditional effect you have to drill a small hole on the back side of the pumpkin by the stem to let the heat dissapate. that hole you can only see if you are standing right next to it so it will be practically invisible to people walking by.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks. I think I will try that next year.