I’m excited to be a virtual summer camp counselor, along with 7 other creative bloggers (Melissa from Mama Miss, Jenae from I Can Teach My Child, Lauren from Tutus & Tea Parties, Jodi from Meaningful Mama, Asia from Fun at Home with Kids, Megan from Coffee Cups and Crayons , Mari from Inspired by Familia), for Disney/Babble this year. The camp counselors will take turns featuring a kid-friendly craft or activity each week on our own blogs and you can link up your own summer projects here (you might even be featured by Disney/Babble). For my summer project, I worked with my dad on building a DIY crate lemonade stand for my almost 3 year old. The crates were just the right size for him (he’s even on the tall side) and he has been having a blast using this stand for pretend play. He takes my order, tells me it’ll be 20 bucks and asks me “cash or credit”. This is apparently a fancy lemonade stand, way out of my price range. Once it cools down a bit here in 110 degree Arizona, I think we’ll sell lemonade during our community yard sales. I know he’d love making a little change for his piggy bank! Oh and I highly recommend looking up “The Duck Song” on You Tube while creating this stand, you and your kiddos will get a good laugh!
2 Unfinished Wood Crates (12.5 x 18 x 9 3/8 inches)
2 48 inch Long Boards (1 1/2 x 3/4 inches thick)
4 16.4 inch Support Boards (1 1/2 x 3/4 inches thick)
1 27 x 9 inch Board (3/4 thick)
Nails & Hammer
White Exterior Paint (quarter gallon)
Chalkboard Spray Paint
Green Spray Paint
White Frame (8 1/2 x 11 inches)
3m Outdoor Tape
Lemonade Stand Printables (mine are from The Perfect Card)
Step 1: Nail the 2 crates together, placing the 4 16.5 inch support boards inside the crafts in the 4 front corners.
Step 2: Nail the 48 inch boards to the sides of the crate as shown in the photo. Nail the 27 x 9 inch board in front of the 48 inch long boards as shown in the photo.
Step 3: Use painters tape and trash bags to cover around the 27 x 9 inch top board and spray paint with chalkboard paint. You could also spray paint this board before attaching it to the lemonade stand posts. Allow to dry and remove tape/wrapping. Paint the remaining stand using white exterior paint.
Step 4: Spray paint a 8 1/2 x 11 inch frame green. Place a lemonade stand printable inside and attach to the front of the stand using 3m outdoor tape.
Step 5: Decorate stand using printables from The Perfect Card. You can also use chalk to write “Lemonade” and prices on the chalkboard painted sign. The lemonade stand is ready for customers!