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DIY Cornhole Game

DIY Cornhole Game

DIY Cornhole Game

More backyard fun, gang! We made this cornhole game set recently, and it just so happened that it was right before my niece’s 5th birthday party, which (of course) had a Frozen theme. She seemed to be under the impression that we made the game to look like Anna and Elsa’s dresses — and oddly enough it did happen to go perfectly with her party decor.

But that’s mostly because Behr paint has some primo color selections and these were the ones that I was totally digging! But Anna and Elsa aside, my whole family has been having a ball in the backyard with this little DIY cornhole game. 

(Psst — if you love DIY games, check out this masterpiece!)

Materials

  • Behr paint in Glass Tile, Rainwater, Little Bow Pink, Inked, and Shea
  • 1″ plywood
  • four large hinges
  • drill
  • saw
  • sander
  • paintbrushes
  • painter’s tape
  • fabric
  • dry beans
  • sewing notions

Make Time: 4 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Cornhole Game

Step 1: Cut out your wood pieces. Note: We made our game a little smaller than standard size. Feel free to size up your pieces if you’re a stickler for the rules! Cut two small rectangles, each 8″ x 18″. Cut two large rectangles, each 34″ x 18″. At the top of the large rectangles, cut a 5″ hole in each. Sand all of your pieces.

Step 2: Connect your large and small rectangles by drilling hinges into the wood.

Step 3: If desired, paint a coat of primer or white paint on your wood to prepare it for painting.

Step 4: On the top of the large rectangle, paint a layer of your first color. Work your way about halfway down on the edges to create a rough triangle. Do this on both boards and allow to dry.

Step 5: Mask a triangle shape with painter’s tape, just above where the first color color ends. Paint a stripe of your next color, again leaving a rough bottom edge.

Step 6: Continue working your way down the board until you have all the stripes you’d like. Finish with your last color creating a large triangle at the base of the board.

Step 7: With a 1″ foam brush, paint a ring around the hole cut in the board.

Step 8: Make your beanbags. Cut out 16 squares of fabric, each 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. If you’d like different colors for different teams, and a gold side to your beanbags like ours, cut out 8 gold squares and four squares each of two different colors.

Step 9: Put right sides together and sew a straight stitch around all sides, leaving about 2″ open.

Step 10: Flip the bags right side out.

Step 11: Fill the bags about 2/3 full of dry beans. Sew them closed with a hidden stitch.

DIY Cornhole Game

DIY Cornhole Game

DIY Cornhole Game
DIY Cornhole Game

Get your cornhole on all summer long! I tell you what, this game is addictive. If those beanbags are laying around, you can bet that sooner or later you’ll have a full on cornhole tournament fired up in your backyard. xoxo

Paint for this project graciously provided by Behr.

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  2. Do you have issues with the boards collapsing during play? Without having a locking bar or something to keep them open I just wondered if the bags hitting it would cause to to fold in.

  3. So cute! Do you remember what type of fabric you used for the corn hole bags!? I’m trying to find those exact colors with the gold and pink !

    1. Hi Laura! I used the pink 100″ cotton on one side, and a faux gold snakeskin on the other side. Unfortunately I don’t have a source, I got it in the fabric district in LA years ago.

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