Summer’s Not Over Until We Pack Up the Lemonade Stand

My girls (3 and 6) have been bugging me all summer to run a lemonade stand. Does anyone else find it ironic and completely understandable that there was no time to make an actual stand until the kids were back in school?

pallet lemonade stand title

Well, thanks to my friends at Ryobi Tools and a little help from my local Do It Best Hardware Store in Wayne, I completed my first pallet project (which I’ve been wanting to do forever) for almost nothing, and ended up with a great pallet lemonade stand.

using nail gun to make lemonade stand from pallets
Yes, this is made from 3 pallets, a bit of remnant fabric, and a few nuts and bolts. You know shipping pallets are hot in design, right?

How to make a lemonade stand from pallets


Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has stand construction plans on their site to build one from plywood, but if you haven’t noticed, plywood isn’t cheap. Besides, I had this idea that I could create a stand that could easily break down and travel to events that our Delaware Valley Blogger Team is having this month.

using Ryobi drill to secure lemonade stand parts

The pallet lemonades stand is basically four parts:

  1. The top and front are one pallet that’s been cut in half.
  2. The sides are a second pallet that’s been cut in half and those parts were cut down again.
  3. The uprights are slats from a third skid, bolted to the top.
  4. The awning is some remnant fabric (shown here wrong side up, for pinning, before sewing) and ribbon with two rod-packets for the 2 dowel rods installed at the top of the upright slats.

fabric awning for lemonade stand made from pallets

The pallets were free, I already had the dowel rods and paint, and the fabric was new but purchased at a thrift store last summer for $5. So really, the only cost here was about $20 in hardware.

Want to see how this stand breaks down and goes together, so you can easily transport it? Click here.

My facebook followers thought this could also be a workbench or a plant stand, and I think they’re right.

I’d love to put together plans so you can make this for yourself, but only if you want them. Please leave a comment below, and let me know if it’s worth it to ya. I mean, I’m so tuckered out, I even had to put the kiddo to work on this one. (Just kidding.)  (Update: You can now click through to instructions for this pallet lemonade stand.)

sanding pallet lemonade stand

Oh, and remember that Delaware Valley Blogger Team for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation that I mentioned? September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In an effort to raise the profile of childhood cancer this month, I’ve teamed up with a group of friends and bloggers from the Delaware Valley Area for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s inaugural Million Mile Run.

Together we are aiming to collectively walk 1000 miles during the month of September to raise awareness as well as raise as much money as we can to help fund childhood cancer research.

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Jennifer O

    You are brilliant! Can’t wait to borrow this for a future stand! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Steph G

    Love this!!!! So creative. If you ever do put up the plans, I will make this! My kids have been bugging me for a lemonade stand, and this looks AMAZING.

    1. Darla

      Glad you like it, Steph. Even better, you are always welcome to borrow it! I’d rather have it out working than sitting at my place. It’s making the rounds this weekend and next, in support of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, but please let me know when you’d like to come borrow it.

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  4. Page Otto

    I would love to use a copy of your plans for this stand!! My kids and I are planning on selling fruit this summer. Thanks for your help and great idea!!

    1. Darla

      That’s a great idea to use this as a fruit stand. It will be very sturdy for you standing outside in the elements all summer. I hope you have fun with it.

  5. courtney

    This is awesome my special needs daughter wants to do a produce stand I think this may work. She has even planted her garden so now this mom needs to figures this plan out. I already have the pallets.. Here’s to hoping I can get tool smart.

    1. Darla

      This would make a really sturdy and cute produce stand. Good luck with the garden! I hope she does well with it.

      1. courtney

        Thank you I am sure she will however its more me I am worried about w/ power tools..

        1. Darla

          As a produce stand, since you don’t need it to come apart, you might be able to modify it to use full pallets, which would cut down on the sawing and pallet disassembly. I’m sure you’ll be able to come up with something creative.

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