EASY BUILD Lemonade Stand

diy lemonade stand painted white with printable banner
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Super easy to build Lemonade Stand.  This plan uses fence pickets to keep the cost down - We spent about $30 on our lemonade stand.  This is a free DIY project plan and includes step by step diagrams, shopping and cut list.


Building the Lemonade Stand

Well, it doesn't get much quicker and cheaper and easier than this lemonade stand!  I spent $25 on all new materials (if you have any scrap boards or pallet boards, you could make this for pretty much nothing), and it took me about 20 minutes to build.  I choose to use fence pickets because they are so cheap and designed for exterior use.

Cut the 1x12 in half, and the fence pickets into thirds.  

This reduces scrap waste.  

Then staple or screw 2 of the cut fence pickets to the ends of each of the 1x12s.  This was actually the hardest step working by myself (hubs was taking care of the baby) - if you can get an extra hand to hold the board (no near the stapler) while you staple (or nail) it will really help.  You can also use small screws here, just be careful not to split your wood out.  

Once the ends were done, I just layed the remaining fence picket boards out on top - I liked the uneven gaps so I didn't even measure or evenly space the boards.  

Then I just stapled all those boards down.  You can also use screws.

I basically just made a big crate.  This is the base of the lemonade stand.

Now for the sign above. I attached 1x3s to the sides, and cut the remaining fence picket to the sign size, and screwed it to the 1x3s.  

For the signs, we used scrap boards (this is a 1x6).  Grace wanted to work on part of the project, so I tasked her with the "Pink" sign.  It's pretty cute!

Free Printable Custom Lemonade Stand Signage

The signage I created using Google Drawings.  Here's what it looks like - it's a 24" x 36" poster size banner that I cut to get the top and base signs on one print.

Just click here to access my Google drawing of this Lemonade Stand Banner, edit it to add your child's name (and your charity of choice if using), and download your file (I downloaded as a JPG) and send to a printer to have printed - I recommend printing on vinyl for longer lasting as opposed to a poster print.

lemonade stand dimensions diagram
Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long

5 - 5-1/2" wide x 72" long fence pickets (dog eared are fine)

1 - 1x3 @ 10 feet long

1-1/4" staples or nails

1-1/2" screws for attaching sign

Cut List

2 - 1x12 @ 46"

12 - 5-1/2" wide fence pickets @ 23-1/2"

2 - 1x3 @ 60"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Staple Gun
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Nail or staple or screw 2 boards to each end of the 1x12s to create a box shape.

Step 2

Attach remaining fence picket boards to front.

Step 3

I used screws (removeable for storage) to attach the sign legs to the 1x12 ends.

Step 4

I screwed the top sign to the 1x3s - cutting to fit.  I found the sign couldn't fit in my car without unscrewing.

I attached at an angle on purpose. I saved the scraps to make the smaller signs.