Lemonade Stand Finished

Are you ready for Lemonade Day? (How to build a Lemonade Stand out of PVC Pipe)

How to Build a Lemonade Stand out of PVC Pipe (in 6 easy steps)

Since Lemonade day is coming up soon and summer is not far behind; I thought it would be helpful to share what I learned when I built my lemonade stand booth that I used a recent trade show. Many of the attendees were interested in how to create the lemonade stand so here are the instructions. I also created a YouTube video which you can watch below.

Supplies you need (for a 6 foot wide by 6 foot tall in front, 7 foot tall in back and 2 foot deep stand):

Lemonade Stand Supplies

  • 35-  2 feet sections of 3/4” pvc pipe (can buy precut at hardware/lumber store)  One of the sections needs to be cut in half (they can cut at the hardware store)
  • 4 –  ¾” coupling connectors
  •  14 – ¾” t-connectors
  • 2 – ¾”  elbows
  • 6 – ¾”  male adapters
  • 6 – ¾” side outlets
  • Sandpaper
  • Material or poster paper for awning
  • 2- Sandbags if need to weigh down for windy location

NOTE: If you are making 4 feet wide – then you can eliminate 4 of the 2 foot sections and 4 of the coupling connectors. Tip: Print this list out and take with you to the store!

Dollar Saving Tip: Approximate cost of PVC pipe and connector parts is: $68.72. You can save quite a bit of money if you have someone who can cut the PVC pipe as it is much less expensive in larger lengths.

Step 1: Sand the ink off of the PVC pieces

  • Use the sandpaper to sand the ink off of the PVC pieces (this step takes the longest). Also you may want to rinse the PVC pipe inside and out since when it is cut – it leaves a residue.

NOTE: the pieces that are being used for the base or the top that the awning will hide do not have to be saved.  The other option is to spray paint the PVC pieces – make sure that you purchase a paint will adhere to the PVC.

 Step 2: Assemble the base

LemonadeStandBase

  • This part goes underneath the table and stabilizes the sides and the top of the stand.
  • To create the base, use 10 sections of PVC pipe, 4 T Connectors, 4 male adapters and 4 side outlets.
  • You will be creating a ladder type base with the PVC pipe- the T Connectors in the middle and the Side Outlets at the corners with Male Connectors screwed in so the opening faces upward.
  • Connect together as shown in photo – be sure to push in where connecting so they don’t fall apart.

Step 3: Assemble the sides up to 2 rungs high

Lemonade Stand Side

  • Each of the sides will go into the sides of the base – the reason for not assembling the sides to full height is that it is easier to put the top on.
  • Each side needs 8 sections of PVC pipe and 4 T Connectors
  • Connect together as shown in photo.
  • Connect each of the sides to the base.

Lemonade stand base and sides

Step 4: Assemble the top

Lemonade Stand top

  • This is probably the hardest part of the assembly.
  • To assemble the top you will use the rest of the remaining parts.
  • The front of the top will have a PVC pipe vertical on each end, with the front outer corners each having a side outlet and a male connector with opening facing down. Then 3 PVC pipes going across the front connected with coupling connectors.
  • The back of the top will have will have a PVC pipe vertical on each end with the outer corners having a T connector, the shorter 1 foot pieces will go be connected up from the T connecter. Then the Elbows are connected at the top of the one foot pieces with 3 – 2 foot sections going across connected by 2 coupling connectors.

Top of Lemonade stand back

  • The front and the back of the top are connected in depth with a 2 foot pipe.
  • If you have an awning or poster for your stand – put it on before attaching the top to the bottom and side portion.
  • Step 5: Connect the top section to the bottom section
    • Use two people to lift the top portion and connect on each side of the bottom portion.

    Step 6: Add the finishing touches

    Lemonade Stand Finished

    • Once it is assembled – you can add your table, signs, decorations and lemonade and you are ready to go!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE HOW TO VIDEO 

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How are you entrepreneurial?

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Solving the problem in a different way

As I was reading The Element by Ken Robinson he brought up an interesting question about intelligence. He said we are asking the wrong question – instead of asking “How intelligent are you?” – He states we should be asking “How are you intelligent?” He claims that everyone is intelligent in their own unique way and I wholeheartedly agree! Having been an entrepreneur for several years and in working with many entrepreneurs on their businesses, I also agree that everyone is entrepreneurial in their own unique way. In that regard, we can use that same questioning in discovering in what ways an individual is entrepreneurial. I’ve heard the question, “Can Entrepreneurship be taught?” and of course I do believe it can be taught and I also believe that individuals are already entrepreneurial in some respects and that they need to be made aware of the attributes they have so that they can develop them further.

Here are seven characteristics to look at to see “how are you entrepreneurial”: 1) Passion – everyone has a passion for something, something that they love to do or want to spend time on. Since creating and running business is extremely hard work, passion is extremely important for an entrepreneur to have. So spend some time reflecting on what you love to do and find your passion. 2) Persistence – Not everyone is persistent in everything they do but remember when you were a kid and you wanted something from your parents – you were persistent – right?! Kids will persist with their parents until they get what they want. So somewhere and in someplace you were persistent you just need to think about when that was and why you were so persistent. Running a business has lots of highs and lows and if you aren’t passionate and persistent – it will most likely fail. 3) Diligence – Have you ever worked on something over time until you achieved it (remember how good that felt)– that is diligence. Running a business is hard work and if you don’t work on moving it forward by setting goals and working to achieve them you won’t get very far. 4) Resiliency – have you ever failed at something, learned from it and then improved upon it? If you have, then you have resiliency – this is probably one of the most important entrepreneurial traits because there are bound to be failures and you need to learn from them and keep on going if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur. 5) Self-confidence – do you believe you can do anything you put your mind to? Sure you might have to study to learn something so you can achieve it but if you have that kind of confidence then you will be able to move forward when others criticize you or your product is not selling well. 6) Flexibility – Are you able to make changes if something is not going your way? Entrepreneurs need to be flexible and make changes or look for another solution if something is not working. 7) Opportunist – in that I mean someone who looks for opportunities and goes for it. Some would choose risk-taker as #7 but as I grew up in entrepreneurial family and my parents were not huge risk-takers and I myself am not a huge risk-taker; I don’t see this as important. Seeing a problem and turning it into an opportunity is much more important. Look around for problems that need solving and start thinking about how you would solve them and how you could help others with the solution. This is the start of a successful entrepreneur and I believe wholeheartedly that the more you do this, the more you can see opportunities in abundance.

Again it’s not a matter of how entrepreneurial you are but, how are you entrepreneurial! Just take some time and think about these 7 traits and start developing them if you want to become an entrepreneur.