So while pinning everything and anything to do with lemons, first birthdays, or the color pink, I came across a Lemonade Stand and decided I need to make her one. I soon added on a pennant banner and mason jar name cards. Besides recipes these were my first Pinterest projects. And they turned out better then I ever expected.
- Old style wooden milk box, or a slatted thin wood box. I used a milk box I found at an antique store for $2. There are ways to make it using just wood, no pre-made box- I will link an article at the bottom of the page.
- Thin Balsa Wood for the sign. Should be the same length as your box. Mine was a 10 inch in height by 30 in length. you can add an extra square piece of wood for the cent sign, but painting it on the original sign works well too.
- Two pieces of wood to hold up the sign. 2 inch, 1/4-1/2 inch thickness, length dependent on your child’s height- I used 40 inch in length based on my daughter being 24 inches and the balsa wood being 10 inches. I wanted to have enough distance for it to grow with her, but would still be sturdy.
- White primer paint and paint color of your choosing. you can do multiple colors or all one, both look great.
- Paint Brushes
- 7 screws and screw driver. A drill is also helpful but not necessary.
- Prime wood pieces so you are able to paint with light color paints. The thin Balsa Wood does not need to be primed.
- Once dry, paint with your choice of paint colors. Now is the time to write the words you want on the Lemonade Stand sign. Such as “Lemonade” or “Madeline’s Lemonade Stand”. Plus the cents sign if adding that.
- Attach wood pieces to hold up the sign evenly to the back of the box of wood. If you are using a drill, drill holes first then take 2 screws and screw them thru the box first then the wood side pieces. If just using a screw driver work slowly to make sure you do not split the thinner wood.
- Attach the sign in the same manner, make sure it is even both height and width wise.
- Paint the screws because they are visible with the matching paint color.
The Lemonade Stand is relatively easy, but can take a while if you are making it alone with a pesky little one under your feet that is trying to paint as well. So I highly recommend having a helper or you can be the supervisor 😉
Paper Pennant Banner
Is very easy, the hardest part for me was picking out scrap book paper. There are way to many choices at Michael’s! It’s easy and can be done in one night depending on the length you want, in comparison to the cloth sewn ones.
- Download the printable pennant template from FlairyTale.com
- Get as many 12 by 12 scrapbook squares as you want for your banner, you can get two from each scrapbook paper. I bought 18 pieces and had a lot of scraps to make a mini version and confetti.
- Thin yarn or twine. I chose white twine.
- Tacky glue
- Safety pin
- Piece of card stock or thicker paper
- Print the pennant template onto card stock or thicker paper, and cut it out.
- Trace the pennant template onto your scrapbook paper, you should be able to fit 2 on each with plenty of scraps.
- Cut out your traced on pennant templates from the scrapbook paper. Save your scraps.
- At the top of the cut out pennants at the straight line- fold and crease. This is where the dotted line is on the template.
- Attach the safety pin onto the end of the twine or string. This is so you have a hard heavier end to your twine.
- Place your twine along the crease. Glue down the ends of the folded down top to the back of the pennant.
- Repeat till you have your banner strung on your twine for as long as you want it.
- Leave extra twine of either side so you can hang it.
- The safety pin at the end of the twine allows you to take pennants off and restring it easier then just with the regular end of the string.
Using colorful prints and multiple colors make an amazing banner. You can easily add letters to the front to spell out “Happy Birthday” or a holiday message. It’s also very easy to store. You can take the pennants off their string and stores them flat, then restring when needed. It’s great for quick holiday decorations.
To make a mini version of a paper pennant banner I used the scrap scrapbook paper and cardstock. On the cardstock I made a mini version of the template we used for the bigger version. I made an 1 inch width or top of the pennant with 1 1/2inch sides of the triangle. Then guesstimated for the top folded part. I made the template on cardstock and followed the same instructions as above for the bigger one. But you do not need a safety pin for the mini version.
Lemon Shaped Name Tags
I always hate going to parties and losing my drink the minute I set it down somewhere. Without name tags or writing your name on the cup, you can easily lose your drink in the sea of other drinks. So I made name cards our Mason Jar cups for our guests that would fit our theme.
- Colored Yellow Cardstock
- String or yarn
- Scissors and Hole Puncher
- Regular Cardstock or thicker paper
- Lemon Shape Template
- Your choice of cup, I used Mason Jars
- For this specific shaped Lemon I am supplying the template I used above, but you can use any.
- Open the image up on your computer and print it to the appropriate size you need on the regular cardstock or thicker paper. I had to print three lemons to get the size I liked best, it’s guess work and personal prefference.
- Cut the lemon shape template out of the cardstock.
- Take the lemon shape and trace it onto the yellow cardstock as many times as possible. You could print the template directly onto the colored cardstock but you would end up with a lot of scrap paper and not as many lemon shapes. I got 30 lemons out of one 8.5 by 11 price of yellow cardstock.
- Cut the lemon shapes out of the cardstock.
- Punch a hole in the fatter side of the lemon shape.
- Cut the string to an appropriate length for your cup and as many times you want to wrap it around. I decided to wrap around Mason Jar mouth twice with enough string to tie a bow.
- Tie a knot to attach the lemon shape in the middle of the string, then tie the string around the cup mouth.
- For a better appearance keep your tied bow to one side of the lemon, not directly on top of it or directly next to it.
“Here’s your glass for what tastes right, write your name to keep it in sight.”
Confetti is so easy to make especially if you have a hole puncher and even better if you have a shaped hole puncher. The Recollections puncher collection they have at Michaels is great and has so many shapes and items to choose from. Years ago I bought a heart shaped hole puncher on a whim and I have used it so many times!
I loved how the party turned out and having my own touches on the decorations and food definitely made it more special!!
Have you made the decorations for your own party? Let me know below in the comments!