How to Make an Easy Lemonade Stand – step by step instructions

A lemonade stand is a great way for kids to learn about business, responsibility, and customer service. It’s also a fun way to make some extra money, which the kids can then give to their parents for all the toys they bought but didn’t even get played with. Or candy. Probably just buy candy.

This blog will show you how to make a lemonade stand from wooden boxes.


  • 4 wooden boxes
  • 2 pieces of plywood
  • 2 hinges (optional)
  • Screws
  • Paint (optional)
  • Hammer
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Awl (or anything with a pointy bit)
  • String
  • Fabric
  • Pitcher
  • Cups
  • Lemonade
  • Cool box with ice (gotta give your customers a cool drink)


  1. Gather your materials. You will need 4 wooden boxes, 2 pieces of plywood, 2 hinges, screws, paint or stain, a hammer, saw, drill, sandpaper, awl, string, fabric, a pitcher, cups, and lemonade.
  2. Cut the plywood. Cut the plywood into two pieces that are the same size as the wooden boxes.
  3. Attach the plywood. Attach the plywood pieces to the top and bottom of the wooden boxes using the hinges and screws.
  4. Paint or stain the stand. Paint or stain the wooden boxes and plywood.
  5. Sand the edges. Sand the edges of the wooden boxes and plywood.
  6. Make holes for the awning. Use the awl to make holes in the top of the wooden boxes.
  7. Thread the string. Thread the string through the holes and tie it to the fabric.
  1. Add a pitcher of lemonade. Place the pitcher of lemonade on the stand.
  2. Set out the cups. Set out the cups for your customers.
  3. Open for business! Open your lemonade stand and start selling lemonade!


  • Get creative with your lemonade stand design. You can add decorations, such as flags, balloons, or streamers.
  • Have somewhere safe to put the money.
  • Test to make sure your lemonade is cold and refreshing.
  • Offer a variety of flavours of lemonade, such as strawberry, raspberry, or peach.
  • Pro-Tip: Position yourself somewhere people are getting hot – next to a playing field or on a footpath at the top of the hill!
  • If you have a cool box, you could also sell some freeze pops / ice poles for a bit of extra profit.
  • Have fun.

Additional Tips

  • If you don’t have wooden boxes, you can use other materials, such as cardboard boxes or plastic crates.
  • You can also use a tablecloth to cover the stand.
  • Make sure your lemonade stand is in a safe and visible location.
  • Have a sign that tells people what you’re selling and how much it costs.
  • Be friendly and courteous to your customers.
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