DIY Lemonade Stand Instructions

This Lemonade Stand was such a fun project! You can see our lemonade photo shoot we did in a previous post HERE. We also have other fun ways to use the stand and will be sharing some of those in future posts, but for now we will just give you an idea on how we made and designed the stand. I am not a handy woman so I had to call on my cute dad to help with this project. Luckily he will do anything for his grandkids.

These instructions are not perfect and you may need to make some adjustments to make it work for you, but this will give you the overall idea on how it was made and assembled. I am just so excited for the kids to use it all summer long for selling lemonade and other fun activities.


  • Miter saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Nail gun


  •  #9 -1″x 2″x 8′ furring strips
  • #7- 1″x 4″x 8′ pine boards
  • #10 Wing nuts
  • #10 Carriage Bolts
  • #16 Wood screws
  • #5 Steel angle
  • #20 Hex-head wood screw
  • Paint
  • #6 20D nails
  • Ikea table top (HERE)
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    Miter Saw

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    Measuring tape

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    Wood Screws

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    1in. X 2in. x 8 ft Furring Strip

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    1in. X 4in. X 8ft Pine

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    Wing Nut

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    Carriage bolt

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    White paint

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    Paint Brush

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Measure and mark your cuts using the cut list below.

On the seven 1 x 4 x 8′ pine boards:

  •  Twenty slats: 1 x 4 x 32″  Labeled (I) in diagram and images.

On the nine 1 x 2 x 8′ boards:

  • Four vertical canopy supports: 1 x 2 x 48″ Labeled (A) in diagram.
  • Two top canopy short sides: 1 x 2 x 25 7/8″ Labeled (B) in diagram.
  • Two top canopy long sides: 1 x 2 x 40 1/4″ Labeled (C) in diagram.
  • One top canopy center support: 1 x 2 x 38 1/2″ Labeled (D) in diagram.
  • One back table support: 1 x 2 x 39 1/4″ with 1″ notch on ends Labeled (E) in diagram.
  • Eight side panel slat supports: 1 x 2 x 23 5/8″ Labeled (F) in diagram.
  • Three front panel slat supports: 1 x 2 x 38 5/8″ Labeled (G) in diagram.
  • One Top front panel slat support: 1 x 2 39 5/8″ Labeled (H) in diagram.

Start your assembly by building the front panel.

  • Lay out ten of your 1 x 4 x 32″ vertical slats (I)
  • Attach 3 of your 1 x 4 x 38 5/8″ horizontal (G) boards from bottom up using a nail gun
  • Attach your 1 x 4 x 39 5/8″ (H)  horizontal board on the top. You will need to drill a small hole 1/2″ in on both ends of this board so you can put a pin (20 penny nail) in to attach your front and side panels together. (This is what your table top will set on).

Next build the 2 side panels

  • Lay out 5 slats for each panel
  • Attach 3 of your 1 x 4 x 38 5/8″ horizontal (F) boards from bottom up using your nail gun. You will need these to over hang about 1″ on one side. Make sure your side panels mirror each other.
  • Attach your 4th (F) board to the top but make sure it rests just under the (H) piece on the Front panel and drill hole in your (F) board to line up with the hole in (H) board about 1/2″ in from end to connect the panels together.

Next build the canopy top

  • In your (B) boards drill holes every 3″ inches from both ends. These holes will be used to attach your top to your side supports.
  • Lay out boards your 2 (B) boards and 2 (C) boards to create a rectangle with your (D) board in the center for support. Use your L brackets and hex screws in the inside corners to attach the pieces together. And screw your (D) board in the center.


Drill holes in the canopy side bars. To attach these to the base you will just decide where you want them placed on the side panels and drill 2 holes in side panel that line up with the holes in the side support. Then use a bold and wing nut to attach.

Build back support

Now it is time to Paint. Sand all your pieces and add a couple coats of white paint.

Once your paint dried you are ready to assemble your lemonade stand. This stand is made to fully collapse for easy storage. The canopy is adjustable so you can use it multiple ways. Use the guide below for assembly, but you can also play around with the assembly for different uses. We will be sharing some other ideas and uses in future posts.

  1. Line up one of the side panels with the front panel resting the horizontal supports so they rest on each other.
  2. Using a nail, pin the pieces in place.
  3.  Pin the other side panel into place.
  4. Place back top support in place and use nails to pin in place.
  5. Attach side canopy supports using bolts. You will want to drill holes in the side of your stand so you can attach theses supports where you want them.
  6. Use wing nuts to secure.
  7. Use bolts and wing nuts to attach the canopy top.
  8. Insert table top. (We used a desktop from Ikea you can find HERE).

Now you have a cute multi purpose stand you can use for so many different things. The best part is you can take it all apart and store without taking up a ton of space.



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