Spray-Painted-Striped Lemonade Stand Canopy
My niece, Sophie, is quite the entrepreneur with chickens and a garden. She’s been asking for a lemonade stand because she wants to sell fresh eggs and produce as well as lemonade. So on my recent trip to Idaho, I helped her and her mom build a one. It turned out cute, and really functional with lots of storage, chalkboard painted panels, and large casters, but it was missing pizazz.
We decided that a canopy would add the visual punch that the stand was missing and provide shade for customers and workers. We didn’t want to spend a lot of $$ on outdoor fabric so we went to The Home Depot and picked up a painter’s tarp, a can of Rustoleum gloss (paint and primer in one) spray paint and a roll of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape to create stripes.
With one person at each end of the tarp, we pulled the tape taut and pressed it down making sure to keep the line straight and pressed down the whole way to make sure that there was good adhesion between the tape and the tarp. I didn’t worry about making sure the lines were perfectly straight for this canopy (like I would have been had if I were making drapes for my living room). I’m not ALWAYS a perfectionist!
Pulling the tape off was the best part. Sophie held onto one end and ran to the end of the yard with a blue and yellow tape ribbon trailing behind her. It was like a day at the carnival!
Wahoo! Perfectly crisp, gorgeous stripes! The spray paint worked awesome, not flakey or cracky, and it didn’t seem to stiffen the fabric at all. I love it!
To create the canopy, I use six 1/2 by 48 inch inch wood dowels and three packages of D-ring hangars. I cut my main piece to be the length of the lemonade stand plus 7 inches on each end for seams and a triangle edge border detail. I cut two stripes of fabric 25 inches long and sewed these to the sides of the main piece. Then sewed a seam to create a 3/4 inch channel that could hold a dowel on the three edges that would overhang. Then I cut a zigzag edge details on all of the ends. The painters tarp that I used had a PVC coating on one side to make it waterproof, it also keeps the fabric from fraying—YAY no hemming!
Next I cut a 2×4″ piece of fabric onto the edges just above the channel to reinforce the fabric. Then I hand stitched D-ring hangers onto the back side (these are the things that you screw into picture frames to hang them).
I built a super simple canopy frame and added Velcro to the corners.
The addition of the striped canopy really added some wow factor to Sophie’s Lemonade stand!
What is really important with a lemonade stand is the customers, and they seem pretty happy with it too!
This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.