How to Make an Upcycled Do-It-Yourself Lemonade Stand for Under $13

Updated on August 14, 2018
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Nikki's a working wife and mom. Her interests include family life, gardening, cooking, and music.

Our neighborhood had a community garage sale a few months back. We weren't prepared to have our own sale, but our 6-year-old just couldn't miss out on the excitement. He asked to have a lemonade stand. As the ever supportive Mom, I helped him squeeze lemonade, make some brownie bites, and set it up. The kid made a whopping $28! We were shocked.

Fast forward a couple months, we had another neighborhood sale coming up and this time our family was participating. Immediately, our kiddo asked if he could do another lemonade stand. This time around though, I needed my folding table for the sale. At our son's suggestion, we decided it would be fun to "build" a lemonade stand. Of course, being a frugal one, we needed to be creative on ways to make this as inexpensively as possible. And, I didn't want this to be a huge entire weekend-taking project.

I set out to our local Goodwill. I picked up this old media cabinet for $5.99 on 10% off day, so my out-the-door cost was $5.39 + tax. Score! Good thing I drive a mini-van.

Old media stand from Goodwill.
Old media stand from Goodwill.

Next, I went to Michael's and purchased two dowels and a balsa wood board to make the sign that would go on top of the media stand. I used a 30% off total purchase digital coupon offered on the app so my total came to around $7.

Balsa wood.
Balsa wood.

You would think with our seemingly never-ending home projects we'd have some leftover paint. I found that we didn't have enough or good colors for this project around the house. So, I stopped by Lowe's. They had some clearance paints in a corner of the paint department. I think these are either returns or from customers requesting paint being mixed and then not picking up. Either way, this super cute color was $10. To my delight, when I checked out, I found out that there happened to be a $10 rebate on this particular paint. So, after the rebate, this paint was free!

Clearance paint from Lowe's.
Clearance paint from Lowe's.

I removed the cardboard backing and glass doors from the media stand. I also removed the shelves so I could paint them separately and put them back in. One coat of paint seemed to be enough for the stand, dowels, and board.

The kids painted some clothespins with craft paint to attach to the dowels. We planned to hang signs from these with what was for sale and prices. When something ran out, we just took the sign down.

I printed out the letters to spell "Lemonade" on yellow paper. I cut them out and then glued them to the painted balsa wood piece with Elmer's glue. We had the craft paint. paper, and glue on hand, so I am not adding those costs in.

I then enlisted my handy hubby to attach the dowels and balsa wood to the media stand with screws. Voila! There you have it, a lemonade stand. Not too shabby for under $13.

Our son sold fresh squeezed lemonade, cookies that we prepackaged before the sale to avoid germs, freeze pops, and bottled water. He handed out free dog treats to "good dogs" who came to visit. We got some rain and had to quickly move everything into the garage. This sale was also a bit slower, so he made less money this time around. It wasn't really about the money though. He had a ton of fun doing it and learned about money at the same time! He also received many compliments on his stand! Win!

© 2018 Nikki McClees


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