I don’t know about you, but warm weather always takes me to my happy place: a place of green grass, sunshine, and cold drinks! It was as I was sipping one such cold drink that I got the idea for today’s paper craft. So, step right up, and cool off with a refreshing drink from my 3D lemonade stand!
Seriously, how adorable is this!?
I really wanted to create something bright and cheery to celebrate the summer season, and I feel like this really hits all the marks.
- Cardstock & Vellum
- Bakers Twine
- Popsicle Sticks
- White Paint
- Hot Glue
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the lemonade stand pieces.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! The hot pink lines are used to make cuts, but be sure to attach them as well. If you’re not using the SVG file that includes score lines, you can use the PDF version as a reference to know where your folds should go.
2. You’ll want to cut your popsicle sticks in half (I just did this by strong-arming some scissors as well as an X-ACTO knife, but you may have more sophisticated tools than me) and paint them before working on the everything else. This way, they’ll have time to dry.
Then, fold and assemble the four posts (two will be shorter than the others).
Attach the posts to your countertop piece. Make sure that the the shorter posts go on the front of the countertop, and the taller ones go in back, with the angled ends pointing up.
After that, you can fold and attach your canopy pieces, angling it downward.
3. Next, attach your popsicle sticks to the front of your lemonade stand base, aligning them along the bottom edge. (Be sure not to glue them over top of your score marks.)
Fold in the edges and top. Attach them using the tabs provided.
Assemble the tabletop pieces (lemonade pitcher, cake/stand, and mason jar mug). Add any hand drawn elements you’d like. Then, use the tabs on the bottom to attach them to the countertop.
fold in the edges of the countertop, and attach that whole section to the lemonade stand base. (It is designed to have a slight overhand on each side, in order to give it more dimension.)
4. Finally, assemble the rest of the embellishment pieces and add your own, hand-drawn touches!
Use the small diamond pieces along with a strand of bakers twine to create a mini bunting banner. You can attach it straight across, or in an asymmetric manner as I have.
Attach the lemons wherever you’d like, and create a fun little sandwich board sign using the larger, rectangular pieces.
I don’t often do a whole lot of hand-drawn touches, so it is fun to see how those little flourishes really pull this 3D lemonade stand together! The sandwich board pieces were ones I added almost as an afterthought, but I really like the extra pop of color and whimsy it brings.
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other awesome 3D cut file freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy making your own 3D lemonade stand! What is your favorite summer beverage?
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