Now that you and your mini master chefs make the best lemonade in town, why not share it with the world? Here are tips on how to build and run the neighborhood’s best lemonade stand. So sit back, relax, and take a break from shelling out the allowance money. This week, the kids are bringing home the bacon!
Your stand can be as simple – no woodworking skills necessary! – or extreme as you like. For a quick version, just grab a folding table or a couple of wooden crates or stable boxes. You can cover them up with a fabric or plastic tablecloth – or grab a couple of pieces of poster board and have the kids go nuts with markers and paint to create a cool design. Fix the art to the table or crates and presto! You’re in business!
For a more permanent lemonade location, break out the hammer and nails – and an adult who can safely operate a saw!
- 2″ x 4″ lumber
- electric saw
Cut two 3-foot lengths of 2-by-4-inch wooden board using an electric saw. Also, cut four 2-foot lengths and two 5-foot lengths of 2-by-4-inch board. Finally, cut four 4-foot lengths of 2-by-4-inch board. These pieces of wood will form the frame of the lemonade stand.
Lay out two of the 2-foot boards and two of the 4-foot boards on the ground to form a rectangle. Nail them together at the corners. Make another rectangle of 2-by-4-foot boards in the exact same dimensions. Use two nails at each corner for maximum strength and stability.
Nail the two 3-foot lengths of board to opposite ends of one of the 4-foot-long pieces of wood in a rectangle. Tip the structure on its side for easy access to the ends of the 3-foot board, and lean the other built rectangle structure up against it. Nail the rectangle to the other end of the 3-foot board.
Repeat the above procedure on the other side of the rectangular shapes, but instead of using 3-foot boards, use the 5-foot-long 2-by-4-inch boards. You will end up with a rectangular box structure with two boards sticking up higher than the other side.
Cut a 3-by-4-foot sheet of plywood, two 3-by-2-foot sheets of plywood, and one 2-by-4-foot sheet of plywood. Nail these to the corresponding sides of the lemonade stand. Cover the front, sides and top surface of the lemonade stand structure with plywood.
All that’s left is to paint, decorate and make those lemons into lemonade!