Friday, June 9, 2017

DIY Lemonade Stand

Build a classic lemonade stand.

diy lemonade stand

It's hard to believe but of all the pieces I have built never have I done an official lemonade stand.  So when a friend asked me to build one for an event I said sure!  She requested a stand similar to Kristyn's at Lil' Luna here and I got to building.

diy kids lemonade stand

It's big, like big enough for an adult.
48"w x 24.5"d x 77"h

kids lemonade stand

And I added a removable chalkboard to the front.

kids lemonade stand with cedar top

diy kids lemonade stand with cedar top

diy kids lemonade stand with chalkboard sign

diy kids lemonade stand using cedar

There's plenty of workspace on the cedar planked top.

diy kids lemonade stand interior

And also plenty of space behind to add at least two chairs.

diy lemonade stand interior

diy lemonade sign

I did paint 'lemonade' on both sides of the sign so it will be visible for customers.

diy lemonade stand cedar top

How to build a classic lemonade stand:

Shopping list:

- 5 - 1x6x8 cedar planks
- 4 - 1x4x8 cedar planks
- 2 - 2x3x8 studs
- 2 - 2x4x8 studs
- 2 - 1x3x6 pine board
- 1/4" plywood pieces
- 2x2 @ 12" or 4 - 3" scraps

Cut list:

- 4 - 2x4 @ 29 1/4" (legs)
- 4 - 2x3 @ 9" (cross supports)
- 2 - 2x3 @ 43" (front cross supports)
- 1 - 2x4 @ 43" (back cross support)
- 14 - 1x6 @ 29 1/4" (base sides & front wrap)
- 7 - 1x4 @ 48" (top)

- 2 - 1x3x6 (sign posts)
- 1 - 1/4"ply @ 10" x 48" (sign)
- 4 - 2x2 @ 3" (sign post guides)

- 1 - 1/4"ply @ 24" x 35" (chalkboard sign)
- 2 - 1x2 @ 23" (chalkboard sign backer)

diy lemonade stand frame

Step 1: Build the frame.  Start with the short ends then connect using the longer front and back cross supports.

lemonade stand frame using pocket holes

Notice the pocket holes going upwards later for attaching the top.

lemonade stand cedar top using pocket holes

Step 2: Assemble the top.  7 boards wide all connected flush using pocket holes.

attach top to frame

Step 3:  Attach the top to the base frame using the predrilled pocket holes and 2" screws.

lemonade stand white and yellow cladding

Step 4: Prepaint front and sides of slats then sand to distress.

attach cladding to frame

Step 5:  Attach slats to front and sides using finish nails.

cut out hole in top for sign post

Step 6: Determine placement of sign posts and jigsaw a 1x3 opening with a little extra wiggle room.

scrap wood to hold sign post in position

Step 7: At the base of the frame support attach 2 scrap 2x2 pieces to guide the sign posts and hold in place.

sign post hole and guide

chalkboard sign back detail

Step 8: For the chalkboard secure 2 - 1x2 pieces at back. (I used 3/4" screws predrilled from the front, putty and sand then paint with black chalkpaint.)

screw eyes into chalkboard

Step 9: Insert 2 screw eyes down into 1x2s.

hooks attached to cladding

Step 10: Determine where sign will hang and center.  Predrill and screw in hooks.

side view chalkboard sign on hooks

Take care to be sure hooks DO NOT protrude beyond front edge, you don't want customers getting poked by the hooks and also to prevent them from rubbing up against the chalkboard.

printed letters for sign

Step 11: To make 'lemonade' sign paint plywood white.  Print out letters using Microsoft Word Gloucester MT Extra Condensed font at 700 point.  Line up print outs on plywood and trace letters with a ballpoint pen using heavy pressure.

handpainted yellow letters

Step 12:  The pressure of the pen will leave a slight indent in the wood.  Paint on and inside the indent with bright yellow.

handpainting shadow onto letters

Step 13: Create depth by painting a dark brown shadow down and to the right of every letter.  Sand to distress.  Attach sign to posts.

diy classic lemonade stand with chalkboard sign

If you're looking for a smaller kid size version try this play stand:

diy play stand


  1. Oh my gosh this is incredibly cute! I bet your kids got a kick out of selling their goods!