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DIY Cornhole Boards

Father's Day

CreateYourOwnCornholeBoardsHello and Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful fathers, grandfathers, and father figures out there! I thought this was a perfect day to post about the Cornhole boards we made last year. It would definitely make a great Father’s Day gift and it is the perfect summertime game! We love setting it up in our backyard and playing bags while grilling out or hauling it to a baseball game and playing while we tailgate. 

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We searched the web and found the American Cornhole Association’s page that not only lists the rules of the game but also the dimensions of the boards and bags.  We followed most of their recommendations except we did decide we wanted ours to be collapsible, for easy storage and transportation. We skipped putting the sides on the boards and added hinges that allow the back posts to bend in and collapse. Below are the supplies you will need and the steps we took to build the boards, decorate them, and sew the bags.

How to make your own cornhole boards!BUILDING THE BOARDS

Supplies for DIY Cornhole Board

  • Two 24″x48″ pieces of half-inch plywood or MDF. We used pre-cut 3/4″ MDF from Home Depot 
  • Jigsaw to cut the hole Sanding paper
  • One 8-foot 2×4
  • Four metal door hinges
  • Four angle brackets
  • Four white window latches
  • 1/2″ Screws for the hinges and angle brackets
  • Wood glue
  • Ruler
  • Pencil 

Cornhole Dimensions

Step 1: Following the recommended dimensions, place your hole 9″ from the top of your board and 12″ in on each side. The hole should be 6″ in diameter. We were lucky to have access to a scene shop where my husband used a jigsaw to cut out each hole.

Step 2. Attaching the bottom of the platform. Using the 2×4 board (which actually measures 1.75″x3.5″ when purchased from the store) cut two pieces that measure 1.75″ x 1.75″. Glue this piece to the front of your platform at a 90 degree angle using your angle brackets to keep it in place at a perfect angle. 

How to make your own cornhole boards!

Step 3. Attaching the back legs. Cut the remaining 2×4 board into four pieces that measure 11.25″ long. These will be our legs. Attach the legs using the hinges. You want the legs to be flush with the outside of the board, and the hinges should be placed so the legs fold under the board.

How to make your own cornhole boards!

Step 4. Creating the locking mechanism. We needed a way to keep our legs sturdy and stop them from collapsing in while we were playing. We decided to use window locks so we could lock them once opened up. Mark where the latch needs to go on the leg and the platform so they will line up, then screw them in. 

How to make your own cornhole boards!

How to make your own cornhole boards!

How to make your own cornhole boards!

Decorating the Boards (The fun part!) 

We decided to go with a baseball theme since we knew we would be tailgating and playing bags throughout the summer. Our favorite team has always been the Milwaukee Brewers so we decided to put their retro logo centered on the boards and also put the blue stripes associated with their retro baseball jersey as the background.

How to make your own cornhole boards!

Decorating Supply List:

  • Latex Paint in colors of your choosing (we used acrylic because we had that on hand)
  • Acrylic glaze
  • Poster board
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes
  • Ruler

Step 1. Create your stencil. I set out to make a stencil which would allow both boards to have a matching logo. I Googled the team’s retro logo and put it into photoshop, enlarging it to the size I wanted. I printed it out onto several sheets of pages that then needed to be taped together to create the large image. I cut it out and traced it onto poster board so my stencil would be sturdy. I then cut out the parts of the logo I wanted painted. I did need to make a few bridges so my stencil would stay together. I added registration lines (in this case a line down the center of the stencil) so that my stencils could be matched up since I would first have to put down the yellow parts and then the blue parts.

How to make your own cornhole boards! Stencils

How to make your own cornhole boards!

Step 2: Paint your boards! After I had the stencil, which was the most time consuming part of the whole project, I was ready to paint! I wish I had process pictures, but once I got into a painting zone, I completely forgot! I first painted the boards with two coats of acrylic white paint. Then I painted the logo onto the boards using my stencils – starting with the yellow paint and then the blue. I let the paint dry in between all coats. I added the blue stripes last, free handing them using a ruler as a guide. After everything looked good, I coated the boards with an acrylic glaze. And ta-da, they were ready to go!

How to make your own cornhole boards!

How to make your own cornhole boards!

Making the Bags

How to make your own cornhole boards!

Bag Supply List:

  • Duck Cloth in two different colors
  • Matching or contrasting thread
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter
  • Beans

How to make your own cornhole boards!

The finished bags should measure at least 6″x6″ and weigh between 14 and 16 ounces.  To make the bags, we visited our local Joann Fabric Store and bought duck cloth in our team’s colors, yellow and blue. For cornhole you need 4 bags of each color.  We made 5 so we would have a back up in case of any damage. So to make 10 bags total, you will need to cut ten 6.5″ x 6.5″ squares from each color.  Your seam allowance will be 1/4″.

Step 1: Sew the bags.  Then putting 2 squares together, I sewed 1/4″ away from the edge of the fabric.  When stitching you will need to leave a hole so you can flip the bag inside out and fill it with the beans.  I like to leave my hole in the center of one of the sides.  Make sure you back stitch really well on either side of the hole.

How to make your own cornhole boards!

Once you have sewn the edges, I clipped my corners, making sure to not get too close to the corner since I would rather have curved corners than affect the integrity of the bag. I then flipped the bags inside out and did another row of stitching very close to the edge of the turned out bag. I did this to help ensure our bags didn’t bust open while throwing them. This is where we thought the contrasting thread looked fun.

How to make your own cornhole boards!

Step 2 : Fill them with beans! Now you are ready to fill the bags with beans! We chose beans since they gave us the correct weight and were more available than the traditional corn feed. My husband came up with the clever idea to use one of our icing bags to help funnel the beans into the bags. Once filled I hand sewed the opening closed as securely as I could. These bags get thrown pretty hard so the sturdier you can make them the better. If you can use thicker thread to close up the hole, that will be even better!

How to make your own cornhole boards!

How to make your own cornhole boards!

Now it was time to play some bags!!

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