DIY Market Stand – Perfect for Pretend Play!

We recently celebrated my daughter Rowan’s first birthday with a farmers market themed party.  One of the hits of the party was a DIY market stand my husband and I built.  It was our gift to Rowan but also served as a fun activity for the kids at the party, and it was (and continues to be) a huge hit.  We’re not carpenters by any means, but this was pretty easy and inexpensive to put together.

Watch this video to see how we pulled it together:


  • wood crates
  • 2 48 inch long boards (1 1/2 x 3/4 inches thick)
  • Wood plank for sign (I purchased ours at JoAnn’s, but I couldn’t find it on the website.  You could find something similar or have plywood cut to fit.  The measurements of our sign are 8 x 30 inches.)
  • Wood letters (Note: Instead of using wood letters, you can opt to paint the sign with chalk paint and use chalk to write on it.)
  • 8 wood block squares cut from a 1×4 piece of wood
  • Optional (for lift): 6 wood block squares cut from a 2×4 piece of wood
  • Power drill and screws
  • Wood glue
  • Wood stain of your choice and paint brush
  • Spray paint of your choice (Be sure to use an outdoor spray paint if you plan to use this outside.)

My girls love pretend play, and this play market has been a huge hit. You can use it as a pretend farmers market stand, play grocery store, or even a lemonade stand.  I’ve always loved the pre-made market stands I’ve seen, but I love that this has a personal touch – and it’s much cheaper to make than store bought market stands, too.  I also bought this plastic fruits and vegetables set so my girls can play both indoors and outdoors with their new market stand.

Do your kids love pretend play?  If you decide to make this market stand, be sure to tag me on Instagram @themommyarchives so I can see your creation!

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