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Monday, July 29, 2013

Lucy's {DIY} Lemonade Stand

Every summer, the small town my grandma lives in holds a community-wide yard sale.
This year, we decided it would be fun for Lucy to have a lemonade stand in my grandma's yard during the big sale.  SHE decided she wanted to try to earn enough money for a new bike WITH TRAINING WHEELS!

(She had a tricycle and a balance bike . . . but she had outgrown the tricycle and just never got the hang of the whole balance bike thing.)

And yes, I know she's a little behind the curve when it comes to bike riding.  She's four-and-a-half, and can't begin to ride a bike!?  

Well . . . she CAN ride a horse.
So there.

Anyway, back to the bike -- and the lemonade stand.
(And please excuse this post full of iPhone-only photos!)

Since I decided on this whole lemonade stand idea approximately six days before the sale, I had to think fast.
How to make a lemonade stand in a very quick and simple fashion . . . ???

Some old wooden crates in my garage caught my eye, and my vision began to come together.


Those were the crates BEFORE.
I put three of them together with a hammer and a few nails and got this:

(At this point, Lucy was already excited and yelling "Lucy's lemonade!  Get your ice-cold lemonade here!").
If I had a nickel for every time I heard that this past week, I'd be able to buy my OWN new bike!

Next was the paint . . . the best part. :-)
All (Rust-oleum) spray paint, of course.

I took the burlap banner flags I had used for the "Sweet Stable" at Lucy's last birthday party and spray painted the yellow.  (I figured I might as well reuse them -- and this also saved me the extra time of cutting out all of those burlap triangles AGAIN.)


I used stencils to paint the white letters over the top of where the black letters had been.


I strung them all together with some twine and hot glue . . . and hung them between two flat, thin boards I nailed on each side of the base.


The sign was an old wooden frame (that still had the wooden backing attached), that I spray painted the outside of - and slapped on a couple coats of chalkboard paint on the inside.
And my trusty ol' chalk ink markers, of course!

It all came together great (considering the few hours it took me and the fact that I used only items I already had laying around my garage!).  
Lucy's Lemonade was a big hit!

Lucy worked so hard (especially the first day).  This was on the way home from Grandma's house (five minutes from our house).  She fell fast asleep about 30 seconds after we pulled onto the road . . . with a tight grip on her money case! : )~

She made over $100 at her lemonade stand (AND sold her old tricycle and balance bike), which gave her more than enough money to buy a new PINKALICIOUS bike . . .

. . . and a pretty rad unicorn helmet, too!

Pretty darn cute, if you ask me!  

All-in-all, it was a VERY successful weekend!  We learned a great lesson about earning money . . . and got a cool new bike out of it, too!

I had about a dozen people ask me if the lemonade stand was for sale.  
And I had several people tell me I should really consider building and selling them.  
Tempting! : )~

For now . . . the lemonade stand is going in the play room.  I'm sure it will provide countless more hours of fun for Lucy in there.  (And I'm sure we'll bust it back out for the big yard sale again next year!)

I wonder what she'll be trying to earn then . . . ?
Maybe we'll start her car fund. : )~

50 comments:

  1. This is so great and let me tell ya, Ella was four and a half when she started to ride a bike, so its all good. :)
    I guess I didn't realize how close in age Ella and Lucy are, only a year? Wow.
    I love this stand so much, it looks like something you got at Pottery Barn but you made yourself!
    And I am so excited to see another amazing craft on your blog!
    YOU ARE BACK my friend!!!
    ANNND you are running like a boss!
    Get to Chicago and motivate me.
    Great job friend and congratulations to Lucy on the new bike!

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  2. You seriously amaze me!! The lemonade stand is precious and I think you should sell it to a photographer to use for summer photo shoots :)

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  3. Too cute!!!! You might want to start now on that car fund....not only will it be here before you know it, but these kids and their toys just keep getting more and more expensive!

    Glad you had a good sale. I was going to try and come down Friday morning, but had lots of last minute things to do around here getting ready for my Mom's party.

    Hope to see you before Summer is over. Bring the kids up sometime.

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  4. so sweet and awesome!! Way to go mama!!

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  5. This is so cute! You were so creative with her lemonade stand, and I'm impressed it was all made from things laying around! I love that unicorn helmet! Think they make it in adult sizes? haha :)

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  6. SO incredibly ADORABLE you creative lady!! I LOVE it!! I am inspired to make our own now...with some turquoise of course! ha

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  7. how lovely!! how aodrable Lucy's Lemonade!!


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  8. The lemonade stand is adorable as is Lucy!! Love the new bike and the helment!! You have the cutest kids! And I wouldn't worry, I think each kid learns how to balance a bike at their own time and she will be able to ride that bike without training wheels all to fast anyway. Why do they grow up so fast?!! I have 6 boys and let me tell you, I have no clue where the time went!! My youngest is graduating from high school this school year and I'm one sad momma cause I don't want to let go. lol I do have 6 grandchildren as well with one on the way, so I guess I will snuggle them instead! lol Enjoy each second with these precious children!!!

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  9. You always inspire me to THINK about creating more. Now, wheres the time? What a great lesson for Lucy and super,super cute! I bet you could sell that stand in a heartbeat. I like the comment above about a prop for a photographer. Great idea! Cant wait to see more!

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  10. Do you remember what size was the crates and nails.

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