Neon Pineapple Light-Up Sign

DIY Neon Pineapple Sign | We're Going to Make itUmmm, hello, neon pineapple light-up sign? This is what my dreams are made of, no really though, I have some pretty crazy dreams. This sign though, is gold, or should I say pineapple?

Sometimes I surprise myself with the diy’s I come up with. Does that ever happen to you? This neon light for example, only someone who is crazy about pineapples as I am would want a neon pineapple sign in there house.DIY Neon Pineapple Sign | We're Going to Make it

Materials:

  • Piece of plywood
  • El wire in green and yellow  – I bought both colors in 9ft and found this plenty long enough
  • Drill

How to make this neon pineapple sign:

  1. If your piece of plywood is not the size you wish it to be, cut it down to the size you want by using a saw. Alternatively, if you are picking up your wood at Homedepot they can cut it for you.
  2. Draw out the pineapple onto the front side of the plywood in pencil. I just free-handed mine but feel free to print out an image online and use it as a stencil. Just as a disclaimer, it will be very very hard to make curved lines so you will want to make sure all your lines are straight.
  3. Now comes the tricky part, determining where to drill the holes. The wire has to go in and out  right next to each other, so you will always have 2 holes side by side. Starting at the bottom left side of the pineapple I drew small dots and labeled each one with a number so I would know where to thread the wire in and out. I’ll go more into how I made the shape below, I just wanted to give a general idea of what you will be doing.DIY Neon Pineapple Sign | We're Going to Make it
    DIY Neon Pineapple Sign | We're Going to Make it

    It’s helpful to use string to run through your holes as you go along

     

    Making the pineapple bottom

  4. This is how I made the outer yellow pineapple shape: I started by drawing a small dot for the bottom left part of the pineapple. Next, using a ruler to make sure the bottom was flat, I drew a second dot about 6 inches away. I drew another dot about a fourth of an inch away from that one and did the same process of using a ruler and drawing another dot about 6 inches away. I made the line go slightly towards the right to start to form the pineapple shape. You will want to follow your basic pineapple outline you drew. Continue this process of drawing a dot and then another one a little further away around the whole outer yellow pineapple.
  5. Once you get back to the bottom of the outer pineapple it is time to work on the inside hatches. To do this you will work in a similar pattern of creating a dot and then another one further away so the wire can go in and out. I drew my dots close to where the ones were for the outer pineapple as a guideline. So, draw your first dot in the bottom left corner and then your 2nd dot at a diagonal up to the right hand side. The next dot I created was a little further up and then I brought the diagonal back down to the left side. I did this once more so you are ending in the top right corner of the pineapple base. Your next dot will be on the top left side and you will do the same thing going down the pineapple. Make sure you are marking each dot with a number as you will need this to know where to thread the wire.

Making the green pineapple leaves

  1. Start on the bottom left hand side and draw your dot. move about 6 inches to the left slightly on a diagonal and draw another dot. Draw a dot right next to that one and then move about 4 inches (or more depending on your leaf shape) to the right and draw another. Draw another dot right next to that one and then continue the process of moving on a diagonal to create the leaves.

And the rest:

  1. Now that you have all your holes drawn, it is time to drill. You will being drilling a hole on every dot that you drew. Safety first! Make sure you do this carefully and safely.
  2. Once all of the holes are drilled you can sand down any sharp bits.
  3. Grab your yellow wire and bring it through the first hole that you made. Thread it through to the 2nd hole. It’s kind of like connect the dots, so continue to thread your wire through the holes following the numbers. This is where the numbers come in handy.
  4. Do the same with the green wire.
  5. Tape any excess wire to the back of the plywood.
  6. Erase the pencil marks on the front of the plywood.
  7. Pop some batteries into your el wire and watch your pineapple glow!

Don’t forget to pin this neon pineapple to make later!

DIY Neon Pineapple Sign | We're Going to Make it

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Pina Colada Cashew Mixture

Pina Colada Cashew Mixture

I’ll spare you all and not start singing the song that always comes to mind whenever some says Pina Colada. I have a beautiful singing voice so you really will be missing something wonderful. Oh what the heck I’ll just go for it: “If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain……” That’s all I know from the song. I think that’s all everyone knows from the song? If I’m wrong please tell me what comes next so I can continue to sing using my beautifully in tune voice. Rose is currently covering her ears wondering why someone brought a dying cat into the building..

Game Day Cashew Mixture

I do enjoy Pina Coladas. Not so sure about the second part of that lyric though.. Coconut, pineapple, what isn’t to love?

Plus, our Pina Colada mixture has bananas in it. I love me some bananas! And with 24 different health benefits of bananas I love them even more!

Pina Colada Cashew Mixture

With winter creeping in we have created a way to transport yourself back to the beach or pool or lawn chair in the 5 feet of grass you have on your lawn. Plus, with football season in full swing you can put this healthy snack out and munch on it and daydream away while your football loving spouse/friends/family yell profanities at the T.V. My kind of snack.

Pina Colada Cashew Mixture

For this healthy and tasty treat all you will need is:

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup sliced dried pineapple
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup banana chips

To make:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Spread cashews out on a baking dish and evenly spread the coconut oil over them.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes total, flipping them halfway. They should be slightly browned.
  4. Toss together the cashews, pineapple bits, coconut, and banana chips

Pina Colada Cashew Mixture

There you have it: a tasty treat that only takes a couple of minutes that will allow you to enjoy the game just as much as the football fan you are living with. Of course you can also bring this mixture as a snack to work or school and dream of sunshine and blue skies while having to write up that paper you are working on. So if you like Pina Coladas… (don’t worry I’ll just sing it in my head this time) or if you just want a healthy treat full of delicious and health-packed foods you should make this treat!

Pina Colada Cashew Mixture