With Millie’s first birthday on the horizon, I’ve been in planning-mode, with crafts and ideas coming to life! I decided when I heard girl during my anatomy scan, that her first birthday would be a lemonade theme. I love the bright colors, the symbolic fresh fruit, the cleansing properties of citrus- a whole first year in the books- she’s ready for 1. I’m certainly not, but who asked me? To start with, I wanted a statement piece… a classic lemonade stand. To make Millie’s first birthday stand out, and help you do the same, I created this easy tutorial. It took me one night (4 hours) to put together- and I didn’t have a plan! Checkout how you can elevate your next birthday celebration, and if you have any questions, you can always contact me or leave a comment!
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I had a lot of these items on hand, but headed to my local Joann Fabrics for the rest. A complete list of what you’ll need is here:
- 2 loose fence pickets
- 1 unfinished crate
- 1 2×4
- 2 large L brackets
- 2 medium T brackets
- spray paint in your chosen colors
Start by spray painting your unfinished pieces: the pickets, crate and 2×4. In my project you will see the pickets as yellow, crate as pink and 2×4 as white. Measure your 2×4 to match the crate sides- this means when they are attached, they will leave an opening between the wooden pieces to mimic the crate. This added wood gives more height and weight to the crate. Screw each piece into the crate, then into each other until desired height is reached. Screw an L bracket to the back of both of your pickets, facing opposite directions. Attach the T bracket in the same manner, measuring to ensure there’s no metal overhang. Gently screw into the crate, as the wood is thinner and softer and can crack when drilled. (see photo) Screw into the picket before the crate. Once your pickets are attached, stand your project up and admire! I added quite a few pieces I got from the store as well, like a chalkboard arrow and pennant banner. For her actual day, we also have an “I am one” banner that will go on the front! How fun is this project?! It’s perfect for photoshoots (be on the lookout!), pretend play and those awesome summer days the kids spend sharing this sweet treat with the neighbors!
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