How to Build a Lemonade Stand from Crates

What do you do when you retire? You become the favorite grandmother. Today I'm going to show you an easy project for kids and just about all you need is a pile of crates. 
pile of wooden crates

It doesn't matter what kind of crates you have laying around, smaller ones or larger ones, you'll just need more if you use smaller ones.

Today I'm going to build a lemonade stand using the large wooden crates from Michaels craft store.

It's really quite simple, all you need are the following:

  • 4 crates 
  • wood glue 
  • small wood screws 
  • 2-4' pieces of 1x4 wood
  • about 3' (depending on the crate size) of 1x6 wood

The first thing I did was to stack 2 crates on top of each other, one facing forward and one backward. 

I put wood glue between them then used small 1" screws to attach the crates. 

Next, I did the same with the other 2 crates but I reversed them then glued and screwed them together side by side. 

stacked wooden crates in set of 4

Next, I added about 4' of 1x4 wood to each side of the crates with wood glue and screws. 

Then I attached the 1x6 across the top to create the sign. 

stacked crate lemonade stand

You may want to paint the sign at the top with chalkboard paint so you can change out what it says. 

This makes an awesome, and easy to move, lemonade stand but can also be used for a grocery store, post office, or other dramatic play area for children. 

lemons on a cutting board with overlay

Add brightly colored plastic baskets and grocery accessories to create a fun play area. 

Then all you have to do is to add your own world's cutest kid and you've got hours of fun ahead! 

I'm actually thinking of borrowing this to make a vegetable stand outside my house since my vegetable garden with the new fence is going crazy this summer! 

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Lemonade stand pinterest pin

piled up wooden crates with little boy

So who is ready for a cold glass of lemonade?

glass of lemonade

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .