Friday, March 23, 2012

Round 3!! Pallet Lemonade Stand...

Ok, round 3?! I can't believe I'm still here! I'm thrilled! There is SO much talent, I can't say that enough! Last week I made it through with my "Crib Craft Station", which has been my most viewed project since I've started blogging! This week the theme is "Spring", which I have to say, stumped me a bit. You try to out do your last project, but it took me some time to decide how. I don't think that I "out did" last week, but I am equally happy with it {and so are the kids!}. My husband suggested that I do a lemonade stand. It seemed like a great idea, but how was I going to make it special? I had been collecting pallets for a project I was planning on doing for my little one, but thought it would be great to do a lemonade stand with them instead!

I have to admit that I didn't take any pictures of the process. I was sick Tuesday and Wednesday, so I didn't get started till Wednesday Evening. I was really feeling the pressure, and I couldn't even think about taking pictures!
I'll explain what I did :-)

First let me say....IT IS NOT EASY TO TAKE PALLETS APART!!!! That was the worst part! The darker pallets were just breaking as I pulled them apart, so in a panic, I emailed a guy that I met (from getting something on CL) that had a ton on pallets. I told him what I was doing and asked if he could spare a few, and he said sure! He had some really nice ones (still didn't come apart easily) that I knew would be great. I started by taking the pallets apart, then I painted the slats using a white wash (white latex paint and water 1:1 ratio), which allowed the stain to go on smoothly (I used a walnut stain/varnish).  It would have been great to use a complete pallet and just fill in the spaces, but the kids lemonade stand would have looked more like a poolside bar! That would have been GREAT, but we don't have a pool ;-) So I cut it down to kids size. I screwed in the top, the sides that hold the sign, and the sign as well. I wanted to make sure that it was secure, so I didn't want to nail it. I also screwed in heavy boards behind the stand at the base, so it wouldn't topple over.
 The top is 4 slats held together by nailing it to 2 slat underneath with the front slat screwed on. I wanted it to look more "finished".

I made the puffs with coffee filters and a cupcake wrapper. I thought they turned out SO cute! I folded the filters in half and then in half again and hot glued them till it was a "complete" 1/2 circle. Then, just found the center and glued in the wrapper and the circle (which I printed on heavy card stock).

I used some printables that I found online, you can find them {here
and designed the picture for the pitcher and the straws on picnik. 
I will have to post all of the {other} printables that I made for this soon. While I was hard at work, "somehow" my  laptop screen broke. So stay tuned for those. The banner was made from drop cloth, scrapbook paper and hung with twine.

 I used yellow acrylic paint to hand paint the sign. Not, that it is hard to just paint "lemonade", but I think that we rely so much on some sort of  transfer method, that I was nervous that the spacing wouldn't be right. Thankfully it worked out. You only get one shot {when it's due 20 minutes!} I thought it was funny when my son said "Mom, you didn't paint the "e's" right! They're the wrong way!"

What's a lemonade stand without lemons??
 I got the basket from the dollar store, they have the best things!

 I don't know if I would categorize this project as "a fun one to do", but the outcome is definitely FUN!! With the right power tools this actually could be a fun project to do! I didn't have the proper tools and had to do it all with "powerless" tools. In total, this project cost me $6!! 
God only knows what I would come up with if I make it into the final week, but if you'd like to help me move here!! Happy Spring!!

sharing at these lovely parties:
Miss Mustard Seed: Furniture Feature Friday
The Shabby Creek Cottage: Transformation Thursday
Bringing Beauty: Beautify it Monday
Debbie Does Creations: Toot Your Horn Tuesday
Skip to my Lou: Made by You Monday
Chatty Chics: Wild Wednesday
Destination: Craft: Destination: Cutesy Monday
Center of Attention Deficit Disorder: Center of Attention Sunday
A Simply Klassic Home: Simply Classic Sunday
Junk in their Trunk: Link it Up Wednesday
Pincushion Creations: Homemade by You
Live Laugh Rowe: Live Laugh Linky
The Shabby Creek Cottage: Transformation Thursday
Tatertots and Jello: Weekend Wrap Up 
Funky Junk Interiors: Saturday Nite Special
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons: Crafty Friday
Days of Chalk and Chocolate: Latest and Greatest 
Fireflies and Jellybeans: Show off Your Stuff 
French Country Cottage: Feathered Nest Friday 
Little Becky Homecky: Fantabulous Friday 
Family Ever After....Once Upon a Weekend
How to Nest for Less: Just a Party with My Peeps 
Savvy Southern Style: Wow Us Wednesdays 
Craft Test Dummies: Kid's Craft Week Round Up 
52 Mantels: Thursdays Are YOUR Days 
Craftionary: Friday Fun 
Be Different Act Normal: Show and Tell Saturday  
Cherished Handmade Treasures: Things We find Pinteresting


  1. This is so cute! Reminds me of when I was younger!! Great job! I voted!! ....For you of course!:)

  2. Hey Jill! It turned out GREAT. Now I'm craving some lemonade :)

  3. Ohmygosh! Jill - each project just gets cuter than the one before! I voted for you - again!

  4. This is the coolest lemonade stand ever!! What a great job!! I would LOVE to have you link this up to my link party going on now...or the one that will be starting on Wednesday!

  5. So, so cute!!! My kids are dying to have a lemonade stand in the summer so this will be perfect! Good luck with the competition- you're doing great! If you get a chance, I would love it if you could link this up to my party on Tuesday night. Have a great weekend!
    Jenn :0

  6. You did a wonderful job. Love lemonade, I got married a couple yrs ago and I wanted a lemonade stand so my hubby made one out of the wood crate that the wood pellet stove came in. I love it so it was part of the wedding reception that we had in our back yard. Hope the kids love it and make some money selling lemonade............andi

  7. You are just so darn talented! Love it, and your kids are so lucky, I am sure they will make big bucks. Just finished voting for you, good luck! -Aimee J.

  8. I just came across your cute blog and I love it! I'm a new follower and I'd love to have you stop by my brand new blog and follow too:) My first link party/give-away is going right now and ends tonight at midnight. I hope you'll stop by and link up!

  9. Very cute- of course I voted for you! :) I love all the detail work you did- the coffee filter puffs are adorable and I love the way you merchandised it. No power tools- wow!

  10. This is so cute. My kids have been asking to do a lemonade stand and this is perfect. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.

  11. this is gorgeous. you are so talented Jill! you deserve to be doing so well in the contest, and with your blog. I love reading your posts!

    xo, Leanne

  12. super cute, wish i had little kids, this would be great! of course, i -could- set my soon-to-be-college-freshman up with one of these to defer some tuition costs! :D

    i'd love for you to share this on my center of attention sunday link up at

    hope to see you there :)

  13. thanks for linking up, i just followed you, great blog :)

  14. We would have LOVED this growing up! Please come share it (and anything else you'd like) at our Beautify It Monday Link party going on now at!

  15. Congrats on making it to the Finals of American Crafter! I was in the original, what was it, 15? Anyway, I was voted off after the first round :) I'm rooting for ya! And I'm your newest follower!


  16. Your stand is so creative and cute! Great job!

  17. Makes me want to run out and get started on a lemonade stand for my kiddos!! This is being featured today at {Junk in their Trunk}...thanks for linking up!!

  18. Very Cool! My kids would love it! You have good blog tastes too...I have the same design and love it!

  19. Oh my goodness! This is so cool! I would have LOVED to have had one of these as a kid!
    One Chatty Chic

  20. This is so cute.. I am pinning it.. :)
    Thanks for linking up at friday fun party..

  21. I am blown away, this is amazing!

    Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic Home!

  22. I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. Check it out


  23. You've been featured on Bringing Beauty! Come by and check it out!

  24. My goodness...this is soooo darn CUTE!!! Would love to have you come by and enter my “coastal” giveaway…you can find it on my sidebar.


  25. This is such a fun lemonade stand for kids! Thanks for joining us for "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Come and join us again next week! -The Sisters

  26. You did an amazing job. Now I must find me some pallets! Thanks so much for linking up to Toot Your Horn Tuesday :)

  27. Great job! I want to make this for my kids. Would you be able to post some pictures of the sides? I'm trying to figure out how you did it all! :)

  28. This is oh so cute. Thank You for linking up =)

  29. I loved this idea, I went ahead and kind of recreated the whole thing :) I linked you on my new blog.


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