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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

DIY: Do-It-Yourself Spongebob Pineapple House Aquarium Decoration Part 4

This is the fourth and second to last installment in the Spongebob Pineapple House DIY project series.

Now that you have the shape of the pineapple, we are going to start working on the details of the pineapple house.
You can do these in any order that you like but you will need to work on the door, windows, pipe on the side of the house and pineapple leaves.

When it comes to the pineapple leaves, you will have to cut out many crescent-shaped styrofoam pieces. Once you have the pieces cut out, you can "glue" them onto the top using the aquarium-safe silicone. Layer the leaves to give it the appearance of an actual pineapple.
Make sure that when you "glue" on the leaves that you secure them into place or they make break off if they are accidentally bumped into.
Tip: If you want to make the leaves a little stronger, you can put a thin layer of silicone on the outside to make them a little more durable.

Next, cut out a hole for the door. It is always better to cut a small hole and work your way to a bigger hole so that if you make a mistake, you have some room for error. Also, check out the Spongebob pineapple picture in the first part so that you can get the shape of the door.
*If you want your pineapple to have a door, then omit cutting out the door hole. You can always paint on a door later.*

Now for the windows. You will need to cut out two circular windows. (In different episodes of Spongebob Squarepants, Spongebob's windows on his house change places at times to fit the storyline. The only thing that stays the same is that one window is on the left of the door, the other on the right. It is up to you where you would like to place the windows on the pineapples.)

Finally, you will be working on the pipe on the side of the house. It can be as simplistic or complex as you would like to make it.
I have thought of the option of making the pipe have an airstone so that bubbles could come out of the pineapple, but for this DIY project, I am going to just have the pipe shape on the side of the house.
Again, the best way to get the shape of the pipe is to study a picture of Spongebob's house.

Once you have all your shapes cut out, you will need to add some Great Stuff foam sealant
to the outer edges of the cut-outs to give them the appearance of real portholes and a safe-styled door.
After you have put the foam on the pineapple, you will have to let it sit for a little while before you can cut and shape the foam with a razor blade. After cutting the foam, it should look like the first few picutures above.
Here is a sneek peek at the final installment: