DIY Lemonade Stand – Part One: The Pre-Build


Taking inspiration from my very handy and DIY-inclined father, I want to be the type of dad who can make things.

As I have to start somewhere, and because my own daughter is a little young to have her first business opportunity, I’m making a lemonade stand for my two nieces.

The eldest, at 6yrs old will be taking the design lead (with a little guidance from me). We went through a number of designs from Pinterest, drawings from their imagination, and a chalk drawing and we decided on a plan

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For the sake of their attention-spans and my carpentry abilities, we went with a design that’s based around 4 wooden crates, which luckily our neighbuorhood Home Depot had plenty of. I know my drawing skills aren’t exactly worthy of Architectural Digest, but it’s just a shopping list.

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My niece and I headed out in the truck that we borrowed to get all the materials and looked out the full sketch to plan our vision.

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Thanks to the awesome team in the Paint Department at the Cambie St., Vancouver store for being so friendly and mixing the pink and blue (my nieces’ choices). Both the girls are really excited to get to choose how the lemonade stand is going to look, including the colours. We also picked up a brush for each of them, as well as a cute Home Depot cap to keep the sun out of their eyes and the paint from their hair.

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Caps for the hard workers

Phew, what a busy evening. Hopefully this weekend will be nice enough to start painting the crates. Stay tuned for Part Two: Painting and Building, and Part Three: The Finished Stand and Sale Day.

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A huge thanks to Home Depot Canada for supporting our little family project. It really is awesome to provide assistance to fun, local DIY projects like this one.


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  1. Chris

    June 2, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Great Blog, I love planning and constructing projects like this with my kids it’s an awesome chance to bond with them as a dad.

  2. Eric || The Bucket List Project

    June 2, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I have to admit I am a total sucker for Lemonade Stands! We stop at almost any one we see as to support our local little entrepreneurs. What I love is that you included your daughter in the building of this stand. What a great project to teach her about shopping, supplies, building and creating, etc

  3. Louann Kristy

    June 2, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Oh I love this blog post! So much family goals all bundled into one. I love seeing stuff like this and that lemonade stand is so cute ! I will be checking back for the part two !

  4. Jenna

    June 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Aw, this looks like a really fun project to do with your nieces! Good luck with the lemonade stand!!

  5. Brenda Mueller

    June 5, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I love this idea! I like the plans and I think it is great to have the kiddos help build it.

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