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Cardboard Lemonade Stand DIY

This summer, my kids are finally old enough to get excited about running their own lemonade stand. We get lots of foot traffic in our neighborhood, so it’s a great place to set up shop. I helped them make an official lemonade stand to make them legit. All we needed for this set up is a refrigerator box and some paint! Make sure to click through for the instructions. PS – Three amazing lemonade flavors!

Cardboard Lemonade Stand DIY | Oh Happy Day!Cardboard Lemonade Stand DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Materials: Giant Cardboard Box, Pencil, Ruler, X-Acto Knife, Butcher Paper, White Tape, Scissors, Red Paint, Paint Brush

Step 1: Design the structure of your lemonade stand, draw it onto the cardboard box, and then cut it out with an X-acto knife. We cut a window into the front of the box and doors into the side. We used the extra cardboard from the window to make a shelf that would hold the lemonade. We also cut off the top of the box in a diagonal so that a paper awning would sit on a slope.
Step 2: Cover the box in butcher paper. We attached it with white tape so the seams wouldn’t be as noticeable.
Step 3: Inside the box, brace the shelf that sits in the front window with extra strips of cardboard. We taped them diagonally and horizontally so they wouldn’t budge.
Step 4: To make the striped awning, first measure the sides of the box top. Draw these dimensions onto a piece of butcher paper, making sure to leave a few extra inches for the scalloped edge that will hang over the top of the box. Measure and draw the stripes so they’re all of equal length, then paint every other one with red paint.
Step 5: Add any other decorations (painted stripes, price sign, etc.)
Step 6: Bring outside to the sidewalk and start selling!

Cardboard Lemonade Stand DIY | Oh Happy Day!Cardboard Lemonade Stand DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Photography by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day
Production by  Alison Piepmeyer
Styling by Caitlin Barker
Crafting by Tais Horta

  1. joeinvegas

    July 17, 2013

    Looks like they probably drank more than they sold!

  2. Allison Profeta

    July 17, 2013

    Cutest lemonade stand EVER!

  3. Shanan @ The Symmetric

    July 17, 2013

    $1 for lemonade? Talk about inflation! Just kidding. Your kids must have been THRILLED! I’m thrilled just looking at this. I remember selling lemonade and friendship bracelets in my neighbourhood when I was little and it made my sister and I feel so grown-up.

  4. Alyssa

    July 17, 2013

    This idea is so adorable!

    Practically speaking, would you recommend having all the lemonade ingredients/money inside the stand with the kiddos, or would the stand mainly be for show?

  5. meg

    July 17, 2013

    So cute!
    Glad to see lemonade is not more than a dollar. 😉

  6. whitney @ thecurtiscasa

    July 17, 2013

    I would totally stop at their lemonade stand! such a fun memory for your kiddos 🙂

  7. Anne

    July 17, 2013

    That is so cute! I’d gladly buy lemonade and even pay to get a photo if I have to! 🙂

  8. Carmen

    July 17, 2013

    This is great!!! What a wonderful little lemonade stand. When I was little, a cardboard box was my favorite toy… I was about ready to bring a box of this size home from work but I stopped myself – running out of room… 🙂

  9. Caroline Perrin

    July 17, 2013

    Oh my. You are a genius. I LOVE this!

  10. Larissa

    July 17, 2013

    It’s hard to decide what’s more cute, the boys or the stand. Really cute idea, congratulations!

  11. Marie

    July 17, 2013

    How adorable! What a cute stand! It must have been so fun to see them get excited about having their own setup to sell lemonade. 🙂

  12. decal stickers

    July 17, 2013

    So adorable of these two kiddos. They remind me when I was a child, me and my 2 older sisters were selling lemonades too in front of our house wherein our neighbors used to passed by. Our mom helped us setting up our cute stores.

  13. Jackie B

    July 17, 2013

    Love the red and white shingles that make it so charming (and the red perfectly matches those awesome tennis shoes)!!

  14. Rachelle @ Sweet Home Pasadena

    July 17, 2013

    How very adorable! 🙂 I wish I had the guts to have my son do a lemonade stand! I’m too nervous about getting cited for not having permits or something, lol!

  15. Lubna

    July 18, 2013

    This is such a clever and creative idea! Your boys are so adorable. 🙂

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    July 18, 2013

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  17. little t

    July 18, 2013

    LOVE this – so cute!


    July 18, 2013

    I love this DIY is so cute and original!!! I love your diys style


  19. Darcie

    July 18, 2013

    Makes ME want to have a lemonade stand! Actually, a margarita stand would be more my style.

  20. Kristen Genevieve

    July 18, 2013

    Fun! I miss those days. I remember selling freezies too. Were they successful?
    xo kristen genevieve

  21. Erica

    July 18, 2013

    So cute! Anavey would love this.

  22. Vicky Barone

    July 18, 2013

    HOW SWEET!! We love this. We’re considering chasing down the recycling truck an demanding all of our cardboard back…

  23. Bella

    July 18, 2013

    That is way cool. Aren’t the kids supposed to make their own stand, though? At least that’s how it was when I was a kid. Ha.

  24. lyndsay

    July 19, 2013

    absolutely no one could resist walking by this adorable stand manned by your two cuties and not want to throw dollar bills at them for a cup of lemonade!

    funny i was just perusing ikea’s kid stuff and saw this, too:

    but a homemade one would be way more sweet!!

  25. Áine

    July 20, 2013

    This was my childhood dream…

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