DIY

Make Your Own Cornhole Game

My husband Greg and I like to have our kids and grandkids over for Sunday dinners as often as we can.  We love getting everyone together and one of our favorite things to do as a group is playing games.  All kinds of games.  Inside games and outside games, it doesn’t really matter as long as we are all together.  When the weather is nice, we especially love to hang out on our back deck and where we often grill dinner and doing something interactive.

One of the things we like to do is play Cornhole.  If you don’t know how or you haven’t played this game before, you don’t know what you are missing!  It is so fun and my favorite part about this game is that it doesn’t require ANY athletic skills so ANYONE can play!  (Yep!  I just might be referring to  myself on this!)  Cornhole is a lawn game (or a deck game in our case), where players take turns throwing bean or (dried corn)  bags toward a raised platform with a hole at the far end.  A bag that lands on the board is a score of 1 point and a bag that lands in the hole scores 3 points.  It is usually played in two teams consisting of 2 to 4 people on each team.  Each team has a total of 4 bags and the team who scores 21 points first, wins the game.  You can do a web search for “cornhole game” to get complete instructions for how to play this game. 

You can purchase the complete game, or in our case, my husband decided that he could easily make our own cornhole game out of spare lumber we already had on hand and then we purchased our bags separately (specifically made for this game).  You can make your own cornhole game using the instructions below:

Your first step top making it an “official” game is to know what the regulations are.  This is a real easy DIY, so don’t let all of these steps keep you from making your own!

Supplies:

• 4’ X 2’ piece of wood (you can get a piece of 12’ plywood for around $10 at Home Depot or most any other lumber stores).  Just try to make sure the wood is ½” thick and cut into 4 pieces, and they can even cut the wood there for you.

• 2 – 21” cuts of a 3.5” x 1/5” piece of wood

• 2 4’ cuts of a 3.5” x 1.5” piece of wood

• 2 angled cuts of wood (11 ½” length on one side and 11” length on the other edge)

• 16 – 3” wood screws

• 6” hole saw

• Electric screwdriver

• Drill bits

• Sandpaper

• Paint (Shinier paint helps the bags slide better)

Directions:

• Assemble rectangular frame by drilling pilot holes (use a drill bit to make a small hole so it’s easier to put the screw through) through the 4’ cuts into the ends of the 21”.

• Screw in the screws in to the pilot holes

• Place a 4’ by 2’ piece of plywood over your frame.  If one of the sides of the plywood is smoother than the other, place the smoother side face up.

• Screw the plywood into your frame, but avoid the corners where you already have screws in the wood.

• Screw the plywood into the frame at the centers of each length.

• Mark a dot 9” down from the ‘top’ edge and 12” from the side.  Create a pilot hole at that point to guide the hole saw.  Cut your hole there with the hole saw.

• Place the angled cuts into the top corners so the bottom of the cuts are flush to the ground.

• Drill 2 pilot holes through the plywood into the tops of the legs.  Screw your screws into the pilot holes.  Sand any rough edges.

• Paint (you can basically paint this in any color or design you like!)

• Get some corn hole bags and you are ready to play!  (We purchased our bags, but If you want to make your own cornhole bags, it would be fairly easy by using 2 fabric squares (at least 6” x 6”) sewn together and filled with 2 cups of corn feed) Here is where you can find some cornhole bags:

https://www.amazon.com/…/B01I…/ref=zg_bs_7427896011_1…