Have you ever seen headlines that read, “Effortless Lemonade Stands”, or “2001 Easy DIY Lemonade Stands”? It seems like a terrific idea until you start to do it. Then, the reality sets in that probably no lemonade stand is easy or effortless No summer is complete without the Lemonade Stand Experience. Here is a guide to 7 different ways to create a stand for your kids. Pick one that will work for your budget, time and energy. For more advanced builds, don’t forget safety goggles for everyone. And don’t forget that my age suggestions are just that, suggestions. Never leave kids unattended with tools and building materials.
Lemonade Stand Types
Lumber Cost: $100 to $350 Good For Adults and Teens Time: 6 to 8 hours
Lowe’s has a nice set of plans to build a wooden lemonade stand from plywood. Assuming you already own a cordless drill, circular saw etc., this project should be under $350. Essentially, this is a project for an adult or older teen to build for younger kids. It requires intermediate handyman skills.
Kids can join in the making more towards the end when the stand is painted and the banner and signage is created. When completed, this can be used as a puppet theatre too
Fence Pickets Cost: $25 to $50 Good For Aged 12+ Time: 1 to 2 hours
This project uses fence pickets which are screwed together to make a big rustic looking crate. There do not appear to be wheels or casters on this design, and I would add some just to make life easier when putting it in use. Because this project requires cutting with a circular saw or hand saw, it is really a project to be built by adults with help from older kids.
Wooden Crate Cost: $100-$125 Good For: Younger kids with parent Time: 1 to 2 hours
This idea uses wooden crates already made. You can find wooden crates at craft stores, Target and Walmart. It is pretty easy and requires only a small hammer and some wire nails. The fun part comes in painting the crates and making the sign or rustic banner to drape between the two poles on the sides.
Recycled Pallets Cost: $10 to $70 Good For: Older Kids with parent Time: 1 to 2 hours.
The toughest part of this project is getting the pallets themselves. If you have time and are diligent, you can likely get used wooden pallets for free from local establishments like pet stores and other businesses. Los Angeles residents may wish to contact A and I Pallets to purchase new and used pallets for their lemonade stand project.
This way of making a lemonade stand is similar to the crate version above. But pallets are larger so you are starting with bigger chunks that are already connected together. Personally, I like the super rustic and used feel that pallets bring to the table.
Table with skirt Cost: $10 to $130 Good For: Anyone Time: 15 minutes
This streamlined and simple way to have a lemonade stand is perfect for people who do not have an area to build in. Creativity can come in the making of the table skirt. Use a tablecloth or upcycled sheets and decorate with felt letters.
Antsy Pants Cost: $70 to $100 Good For: Anyone Time: 30 minutes
This is a set of pieces and connectors. Kids can build different things. These snap and click so it is easy for younger kids to build with just a little help. The cover for the lemonade stand is sold separately. So, be sure to buy both the cover and the building set. The good thing about this option is that the connectors and rods can be used over and over again to build many things like tents, trucks and more.
Upcycle old Furniture Cost: $10 to $75 Good For: Anyone Time: 2 to 3 hours
If you or your extended family have old furniture in their garage, there may be a lemonade stand just waiting to be born. Old chests of drawers, tables, carts, tv stands, small entertainment centers are all candidates. Otherwise, you can have fun shopping at flea markets or local Los Angeles gems such as Foothill Trading Company or Ocean View Thrift. You never know what great old piece you can find.
Katie is a retired teacher. She now is a maternity, baby and child photographer in Los Angeles. Currently, she is working on a Mother Child Project. Expecting moms to moms with adult kids are encouraged to get in touch.