Easy Peasy DIY Lemonade Stand

It's officially summer which means lemonade season is here!

This super easy project is a whole lot of fun and it is very easy on the pockets too.

Here are the items you will need:

For the stand:

  • 2 crates
  • 2" x 1” x 8’ piece of lumber, cut in half
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Saw (or you can have them cut the wood for you at the store)
  • Spray paint in the color of your choice- I used Rust-Oleum in Citron Matte

For the Banner & Signs:

  • String
  • Paper
  • Laminator (optional)
  • Hole punch

To start, take your two crates and apply wood glue to the sides and clamp them together. Let dry for 12-24 hours.

Next, take your 2” x 1” x 8’ piece of lumber and cut it in half. This will serve as the banner support. Affix the lumber to both sides of the lemonade stand, using at least two screws on each side, for good support.

One of the screws, I kept slightly sticking out, and this will be for the lemon banner to tie onto. If you opt out of the lemon banner, this might not be necessary.

I also screwed another screw onto the top of the banner support pieces and this is for the upper banner to tie onto.

Next comes the spray paint. Spray away 😉

For the banners, I used my Silhouette machine to design and cut out each piece. It saves so much time. If you don’t have one, you definitely need one! You could also cut out each piece by hand- I just don’t have the patience, and the Silhouette cuts are perfection!


Next comes the laminator. You could skip this step. I actually didn’t laminate anything the first time around, and the little hands in this house had picked off every single lemon within 5 minutes… so I opted to laminate the second time around 🙂


Once laminated, I punched holes and strung everything on the banner. I also created the “fresh squeezed” sign on my Silhouette too. Super easy and super fun.


So there you have it. Not including the glue and paint drying time, building the actual stand took less than an hour to complete. Adding the banners maybe took another hour, just to cut all the pieces and laminate and piece them together. If you find a store bought banner, it would be even quicker.

Our keiki love their lemonade stand- they use it often for pretend play and I want to incorporate some real life/ educational/ home school lessons for them using it. I also love using it at farmers’ markets or craft fairs when we sell our goods. It makes for a fun display.

If this post inspired you to build one of your own, please post to Instagram using the hashtag #madebymamalemonade and tag @madebymamahawaii I’d love to see what you’ve done!