My 7 year old step-daughter has been wanting to have a DIY lemonade stand for the past 3 summer’s that she’s been with us in LA. Being an entrepreneur I want to nurture and support her dreams in every way possible. Our challenge has been that we live in a townhouse complex and unfortunately have a few neighbors that would probably call the police inquiring as to whether or not we need permits/licenses etc…
So this year when she started asking about it again I decided to ask a friend that owns Rob’s Car Wash, a San Fernando Valley institution, if she could set up shop at his place, he was thrilled to help her out and as soon as he agreed we got working on designing Tash’s dream lemonade stand, and truth be told, my dream lemonade stand too…. I started by designing a set of SuperCool Art Lemonade Stand themed stencils for her, which came out amazing, as soon as I put a few pictures up on my Facebook page I received several inquiries from friends as to how they can get these stencils for their kids, who knew they would be such a big hit! The polypropylene that the stencils are made from comes in vibrant colors and the yellow worked perfectly for this project, bright and cheerful.
The stencils would be used to paint and decorate the stand with and the banner flag stencils would hang across the front of the stand on a string. In my mind’s eye it was all starting to come together!
Next up was what to do for the physical stand, most of what I’ve seen is made from cardboard, but that wouldn’t support the glass serving containers that we are going to use to make and dispense the drinks. I had several wooden palettes in the garage that our stencil materials were delivered on and decided these would make a great stand. I also called a friend that makes custom furniture and asked if he had any scrap wood lying around that he would be willing to donate to a little girls dream. He gave us 3 pieces of particleboard, which we used as the sides and the top of the stand. We need it to be sturdy, but we also have to transport it, so keeping the weight down was important. We reused the nails that we had after we tore the palette apart and a few screws that we had on our workbench. It took about 2 hours to build and sand the stand.
Now came the fun part, painting and decorating the stand! We had leftover white semi-gloss and high-gloss paint from our last home improvement project, so all we needed was a lemony yellow and we would be all set. We were working in our garage, singing and dancing to music and we had several friends and neighbors stop by to see what we were doing, the comment that each and every one of them made was “this is every child’s dream come true”, which is exactly what I had set out to do, make my step-daughters dream become a reality. I see the value in supporting her entrepreneurial spirit, and am using this as a teachable moment. We sat down and talked about costs of goods vs profits, and worked up a budget of what we would spend on the supplies and how many glasses she would have to sell just to recoup her cash outlay. Then we talked about how every glass after that would be pure profit, I could see her eyes light up at the thought of fattening up her piggy bank. She is beyond excited and I love seeing her strive for something.
If you have a little entrepreneur in your life that you can support by helping make their dream become a reality, take the time, put in the effort and have fun every step of the way like we have working on this project together! I’m sure this will be something that she’ll remember for the rest of her life, and so will I.
The SuperCool Art Lemonade Stand Decorating Kit is available at: http://supercoolart.com/product/lemonade-stand-decorating-kit/