Make Your Own Lemonade Stand

DIY Lemonade Stand | The Baking Beauties

 

For as long as I can remember now, my kid’s have wanted a lemonade stand. I’m not sure exactly when or where the idea was put in there head, but we could live on a patch of land surrounded by nothing but fields and trees, where the nearest neighbour is two miles away, and they would still want to do a lemonade stand. To them the location, and whether or not there was a market, didn’t matter. Whether or not they had any stock to sell didn’t matter. All they knew was that they wanted a lemonade stand.

I convinced my kids last year that the next time we held a garage sale, they could have a lemonade stand. They (and we) have been putting stuff we no longer wanted or needed aside in anticipation of the lemonade stand, um, I mean garage sale. By having a lemonade stand at the same time as a garage sale, we could at least coax some people into our otherwise quiet bay.

Now, having never had a lemonade stand as my own when I was a kid, and knowing how badly they wanted to have one, I wanted to put some extra effort into it. Something fun and memorable for them. And, something that they can use to set up shop any time they see fit. So, what does any DIYer do? They had to Pinterest! I saw this really cute lemonade stand there, and went to work on making our own DIY Lemonade Stand, and sharing with you so you can Make Your Own Lemonade Stand too.

 

DIY Lemonade Stand | The Baking Beauties

 

First, we scoured the thrift store to find a small cupboard or side table that would work for this project. We got ours for $5. We removed one of the drawers (and created a shelf in it’s place), and used 1×4′s that we had on hand for the upright pieces. Next came a few cans of spray paint, which were thankfully on sale that week. We used an “Ocean Blue” colour, simply because I love that blue colour with the contrasting yellow of the lemonade.

 

DIY Chalkboard Paint | The Baking Beauties

 

We designed the stand so that the drawer & shelf face the kids, giving them somewhere to store their extra cookies, cups, and napkins. So the front of the stand was actually the back of the cabinet. For some fun, I mixed up some chalkboard paint to paint the front of the stand, as well as the sign above. I gave the areas I wanted to be a chalkboard about 3 coats of paint. Once the paint was dry, I rubbed the board full of chalk, then wiped it all off with a damp cloth. I read that doing this helps the board to erase easier with future uses. It must be true, since we are easily able to erase and re-write the price board on the front of the stand.

 

DIY Lemonade Stand with Candy Kabobs | The Baking Beauties

 

We sold Lemonade, iced tea, Gluten-free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, and candy kabobs. The candy kabobs were a huge hit with everyone, and they were fairly simple to make. We used wooden skewers and pierced a variety of soft, gummy candy. Wrapped in some cellophane and held upright in a jar full of dried beans, they looked fantastic on our (I mean the kid’s) lemonade stand.

 

Have you, or your kids, ever had a lemonade stand? What other treats would be good sellers?

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16 Responses to Make Your Own Lemonade Stand

  1. Sandra July 23, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    Good job! What a great idea for a lemonade stand. Pinterest is a great tool.

    • Jeanine Friesen July 23, 2013 at 7:58 am #

      Thanks, Sandra! Pinterest really is a great tool, can find all kinds of neat things there. :)

  2. Cindy @Hun... What's for Dinner? July 23, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Super awesome Jeanine! Maybe you’ve inspired me enough to try this next year, LOL.

    • Jeanine Friesen July 23, 2013 at 8:17 am #

      Thanks, Cindy! It’s really not that difficult to do, and your kids would LOVE it!

  3. Ali the Skinny GF Chef July 23, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    Amazing! I love it. Jeanine, did you rub the chalk on when the paint was wet or dry? Thanks! Ali

    • Jeanine Friesen July 23, 2013 at 8:15 am #

      Ah, good question, Ali! Once the paint has dried. I’ve added it to the original post now, thanks for pointing that out!

  4. Margaret July 23, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    Those are the things your children will always remember.
    Wait until they tell your grandchildren!!

    • Jeanine Friesen July 23, 2013 at 8:40 am #

      :) I figured for the few bucks it took to put it together, it would be something they’d remember forever. Priceless. :)

  5. Robyn July 23, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    Great idea! Will have to pass this on to my nieces for their wee ones.

  6. GwenH July 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    What a cute lemonade stand, my children are grown up and on their own now, but if they ever give me grandchildren, I will have to refer back to your design.
    I love oatmeal cookies, so I’m saving this recipe also… you have so many awesome recipes and I can’t wait to try more of them. Thank-you Jeanine!

    • Jeanine Friesen July 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

      My pleasure, Gwen! Glad to hear that you’re enjoying the recipes. :) We love these cookies, and they are so versatile – you can change up the type of chocolate chips, or use PB or butterscotch for half, add nuts or coconut if you like, or use M&M’s in place of some of the chocolate chips…you can always have a new cookie with the same recipe. :)

  7. Heather Porrill July 24, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    Good job, I love what you all did. Lemonade stands are a gateway activity for entrepreneurs and that IS a good thing.

    • Jeanine Friesen July 24, 2013 at 7:37 am #

      Thanks, Heather! I agree, it is a great thing. Besides the kids making a few $$, I like how they learned to properly serve people, making change on their own, being polite to their customers. It was a great experience for them (especially since they both walked away with some spending $$). ;)

  8. Cindy August 23, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    I see many of the recipes call for 2 eggs and egg whites. Can I use whole eggs in place of this? If so how many?

    • Jeanine Friesen August 24, 2013 at 8:45 am #

      You’re welcome to try – but those recipes are written that way with a purpose. I’ve only made them as written, so you’re welcome to experiment with using whole eggs.

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