If you’ve seen my Instagram account or stories, you know I built a lemonade stand for my son last week.
I’ve wanted a lemonade stand since I found out I was pregnant, and now that my son is almost four, I figured it was about time I got down to it.
My husband wasn’t too keen on the idea, so in true me fashion, I told him I’d build it myself.
And that I did.
Getting Down to Business
I spent months searching for designs and blueprints for a DIY stand, but they’re scarce, y’all.
The closest thing I could find was this helpful template, which became the basis for my own, although with many tweaks and additions ha.
Since I know people don’t like a lot of fluff in their DIY posts, I’ll give it to you straight. I built the frame based on the aforementioned template. And then I used whatever extra lumber I had lying around to create everything else.
So basically this post is just useful if you’re looking for a way to get started.
Make It Multi-Use!
If you look at the photos, you’ll see I bought four caster wheels with brakes. (Because I don’t know about you, but I like my stands to, well, stand.)
I used paint I had in my basement and garage, so I didn’t have to spend any money on that. And then I bought some hooks and eyes and used them for the sign. That way, I can change out the signs depending on the event or item.
I have signs for: Lemonade, Sweet Treats, Popcorn, Mimosas, Hot Dogs, and Snow Cones so far. But the nice thing is I can create a new one in minutes any time I need it. I just use 3″ painted laser cut letters, and voila! I love me a hyper-functional accessory.
Be DIY Prepared…
Some tools I’d definitely recommend having on hand for this project are: A hand saw (or a legit circular/rotary saw if you have one), wood glue, a caulk gun, a drill, deck screws, a level, and a tape measure. A lot of it is trial and error (and guesstimation), honestly, but having tools at the ready alleviates some of the pain lol.
(Not the physical pain. That takes Band-Aids and Epson salt lol).
While my son will have fun using this stand to sell goodies to his friends and neighbors this summer, Mommy will also have fun using it at parties.
I’ll have a whole new Barbie-Q post ready to roll next month, and snow cone cocktails might just make an appearance ;).
So take a gander at the plans, build the frame, and then check back to the photos of my finished product. And keep on the lookout for ideas on how to embellish the standard lemonade cart!
Turns Out Woodworking Can Be Fun!
It’s seriously my favorite project to date — and my first experience in woodworking!
(Also, it took half a day to gather and cut materials at Home Depot and a day to lay them all out and build the frame. It took another to build the exterior, and another to paint. So give yourself about a week if you’re working piecemeal like I did.)
Overall, I spent one week and about $200 in total on the project. And I’m happy with that. The lumber alone cost $150, so everything else was tool-related.
Have an ex-squeeze-ite summer, all! And don’t forget to check out Ashley over at LivingBeaUTAHfully for tips on those gorgeous cakes you’re seeing displayed in these photos!!