I have always been a huge fan of the Laura Kelly printables. Several weeks ago I saw a post on Facebook where Laura Aguirre from the blog, Laura’s Little Party, used Laura Kelly’s Lemonade Stand printables in creating an AMAZING child sized lemonade stand. I loved everything about this decorative stand. I knew immediately I wanted to recreate this adorable stand in a doll size for my daughters’ to play with. I reached out to both Laura’s for permission to use their ideas and printables for my inspiration; they gave me the green light…here’s my doll sized version!
Below is a full length photo of the lemonade stand created by Laura of Laura’s Little Party, http://www.lauraslittleparty.com/2016/06/easy-lemonade-stand-ideas-summer-fun.html. I love how she mixed black and white with different colors and patterns. This is definitely a classy lemonade stand!
For the doll version I too used four wood crates painted black. I purchased these crates from www.forcraftssake.com; I used their Crate 2 option. You could also use mini crates from Michaels. I cut a 48 inch dowel rod in half to make the poles on either side. These pieces were spray painted black with Rust-oleum semi-gloss protective enamel. Laura Kelly’s Lemonade Stand printables were downloaded and printed off. If you put your printer options to 4 sheets per page you get the perfect doll size printable. I did laminate all pieces to hold up with play. You can find the printables here: http://www.shoplaurakelly.com/lemonade-stand-printable-collection/.
I used a thumbtack on the top of each dowel rod to string a small piece of tulle. I purchased 3 inch paper circles here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XBPDXQE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1. These circles were hung with string or paper clips in varying lengths.
I didn’t glue the crates together. I attached them together with pipe cleaners. That way the crates can be reused for other projects. The pipe cleaners did a very good job at keeping them firmly in place. The inside of the crates made great storage shelves for the stand.
Now that the stand was complete I needed to recreate the sweet treats! I recycled yellow cupcakes from an Our Generation baking set. I recycled the donuts from the Our Generation Diner. The lemons are erasers that I have had for years. I opted out of recreating the popcorn due to limited space on the doll stand. The cupcake wrappers are paper cups used for taste testing…I got these at Yogurt Mountain…and yes…I asked if I could take them! 😉 I used black cardstock paper and a hole punch to create the patterned wrapper.
The AMAZING pink lemonade was made my Dolly’s Dining Room. http://www.dollysdiningroom.com/. I sent Karalee, the owner, my container and she worked her magic. The finished product is so realistic! Those lemons …real? Once the jar was returned to me I made a spout out of beads. I made a riser out of a wood napkin ring found at Michaels. All the little pieces of the dispenser were painted silver. I have to admit I tried working at resin on my own and it came out HORRIBLE! Major kudos to call the crafters out there that can work with resin!
I printed off one of Laura Kelly’s designs onto to a fabric iron on sheet to make matching aprons. Don’t these sisters look cute! We love the Wellie Wishers! You can find these doll aprons here: http://www.doll-clothes.com/white-baking-art-apron-w-ruffle-trim/
Willa is so excited her “lemonade squad” came out to support her stand!
Looks like big brother wants a cold lemonade after shooting some hoops!
My daughters were super impressed with the end results! I think I did a pretty good job at matching up to the real version. What do you think?
Enough pictures…now to play! Stay tuned for my child sized version and another doll version of this stand very soon!