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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

DIY: Do-It-Yourself Spongebob Pineapple House
Aquarium Decoration Part 3

You're getting that much closer to having a Spongebob Squarepants Pineapple House. Be patient because this is a long process.

Now that your styrofoam has had a chance to dry overnight, you are going to be using your utility knife to begin the molding process.

Find a good picture of the Spongebob house to study in order to make the shape. If you can't find one, here is one below:

This picture isn't the biggest picture but it's the best picture that I could find of his house.

What you will want to do is start to shape it into a half oval

and then work your way inwards until you are happy with the size.

A good way to begin is by cutting the corners off and rounding it out a little more.

It should start looking similar to the picture on the right.

It is important that you look for any areas that appear to be uneven. Fixing the uneven areas now will prevent it from having an odd shape for the end product.

You might notice that the shape is a little uneven and off center.

If you keep working at it you will eventually get a more oval shape.
Your styrofoam will start to take shape and look something like this:

There is still a little unevenness and that's ok as long as it has the general shape.

Soon enough you will be able to the the pineapple come to life.

Soon after it takes this shape you need to begin the process of "gutting" the pineapple.

All the styrofoam underneath needs to be cut out so that it reduces the buoyancy in the water. When gutting the inside leave a thick edge for a purpose that will be known later on. You need a good base at the bottom in order to keep the pineapple at the bottom of your aquarium.

Although it takes a long time to get it shaped up and it is super messy, be patient. Your patience and diligence will pay off in the end.

Before we can proceed to part 4,  the pineapple needs to be completely gutted. Remember not to get too close to the edge; just get the majority of the foam out. You will see why it is important to leave some of the foam behind.

In part 4, you will get to start working on the door, windows, pipe, and pineapple top. Here is a sneak peek picture of the next part:

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