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17 DIY Cornhole Boards To Build And Enjoy This Fun Outdoor Game

Nothing quite gets a family together like a game of bean bag toss using a DIY Cornhole board.

Cornhole or bean bag game as you may say it guarantees unlimited fun and bonding. While the game itself is fun enough to get your close ones together for a round or two of bean bag tossing, building a Cornhole board isn’t a bland activity either.

But how to build a Cornhole board? Yeah we know that’d be your next question. Don’t worry though; we’ve got you covered (as always)! Here are 17 DIY Cornhole boards for you to have an enthralling weekend with your friends and family.

You may also like to see other outdoor projects for kids entertainment like diy treehouse, diy playhouse, diy cubby house and diy swing set.

But first things first, here’s what you’ll need to make them yourself and the basic procedures you’ll need to follow.

Basic tools and materials

  • 4 decks of 8 feet long 2×4 plywood decks
  • 48-inch x 24-inch plywood boards (2 pieces)
  • Chainsaw
  • Power Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Compass
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Wood glue
  • 3-inch Deck screws
  • 3/8-inch Carriage bolts
  • Tape Measure
  • 3/8-inch wing nuts and washers

Each DIY Cornhole board listed here would require these 14 essential tools and materials. The dimensions and quantities of the nuts, bolts, deck screws and the plywood boards may differ from one DIY Cornhole board to other and any such specific requirements (and any add-ons if needed) would be mentioned under each DIY option.

Procedure

Follow these 8 steps to accomplish your Cornhole board plans.

Step 1: procure all materials that may be required

Step 2: build the frame as required for the cornhole platform

Step 3: check if the layers form a perfect match. If they overlap, you need to give them a quick trim

Step 4: attach the top and bottom layers of the cornhole board with wood glue

Step 5: with a compass, mark the circle to indicate the portion you need to cut down for the hole.

Step 6: cut along the circle using a saw to create a hole in the board. Use a sandpaper to smoothen the circumference.

Step 7: attach the legs to support the board on the ground

Step 8: customize your board. This is where the DIY aspect comes into play. Customize the board to suit your requirements using paint, color or other novel ideas.

Having gone through the procedures, check out these 17 DIY Cornhole boards to better understand how to build cornhole boards and set up a fun-filled bean bag game.

DIY Cornhole Boards Projects For Outdoor Fun

1) Regulation-Compliant Boards

You can’t go wrong with DIY boards if you make them in compliance with the regulations specified by the American Cornhole Organization. And that is exactly what you could do if you follow this DIY method. The handles incorporated into the structure make this an innovative Cornhole board option. The use of furniture grade veneer makes bean bags skid on the surface of the boards. Find complete instructions for this DIY Cornhole board.

Regulation-Compliant Boards

2) Complete Cornhole Toss Set

Most DIY options focus solely on the boards but if you want to go DIY with the bags too then you won’t find a better alternative than this one. In addition to the board-building material, you’d need a sewing machine, duck cloth and dried corn for making the bean bags. Find out more about it at diypete.com

Complete Cornhole Toss Set

3) Inverse Arrow Pattern Boards

You don’t want to gaze at plain, bland plywood while you go about playing the game do you? Paint the board using strips of painter’s tape and create a much more visually appealing inverse arrow pattern. But where exactly do you apply the tape? And how do you use it? See the complete instructions at popular mechanics.

Inverse Arrow Pattern Boards

4) Primer-Boosted Boards

Using a primer on the board before you paint it will ensure that the color would last longer and boost the overall appearance of the cornhole set. The finishing would seem a lot smoother and the paint coverage too will extend farther. Know all about this technique at diy network.

Primer-Boosted Boards

5) Colored Cornhole Boards

Coloring the boards obviously enhances the visual appeal of your DIY Cornhole board. Color your boards in your favorite hues and you might just enjoy the game a bit more than otherwise.

Rogue engineer will tell you how to go about it.

Colored Cornhole Boards

6) Storage-Friendly Boards

Traditional, regulation compliant cornhole sets are awkward storage items. They take up a lot of space and that is a major irritant; unless you play the game daily. But these DIY boards could easily fold up and shrink to a measly inch and a half. Did anyone moan about space constraints?

Storage-Friendly Boards

7) One For (and from) the Kids!

If you have tried all you could to drag your kids away from their phones and tablets and still failed, don’t lose hope just yet. Get your kids involved in your DIY Cornhole board plans. Let them explore their engineering instincts. Just make this one attempt to get them interested in things outside the digital world and you probably won’t go wrong with it.

DIY Cornhole board plans

8) Hand Painted Art Work

Have a flair for painting? Then why not display it on a cornhole set? Artistic talent is not something that everyone possesses and if you do, then there is no reason why you should not be showing it off. Some of the tips mentioned here would surely help you in your endeavor.

Hand Painted Art Work

9)Bounce Free Cornhole Boards

Deck screws are not aesthetically pleasing in any which way. If your board’s visual appeal is of concern to you, try using finishing nails in combination with an air-powered nail gun. This brief ‘no deck screws’ DIY guide should help you with that in case you decide to tread down that path.

Bounce Free Cornhole Boards

10) The 3×2 Cornhole Board Variant

Bean bag toss is a great family bonding game. But that is not just restricted to the play time! Ask your family, including kids, to take part in the DIY process and trust us you won’t regret it!

3×2 boards (often called ‘tailgating boards) are just what you need if you want to haul them over to a friend’s place. Their shorter length makes it easier to squeeze them in your car trunk. Purists may scoff at this idea but hey, it’s just a game after all! Here’s all you need to know about building a 3×2 Cornhole board.

3x2 Cornhole Board

11) The Star Spangled Version

A sprinkling of blue and red vinyl stars never did anyone any harm! If anything, it will only add to the charm of the game. Sew matching bean bags to enhance the look. This DIY guide should give you a head start.

HOW TO MAKE CORNHOLE GAME BOARDS

12) Star Wars Cornhole Boards

Alright! This one will take time; really long time! But it is worth all that it takes. You’ll need a foam board, spray paint, painter’s tape and a host of other tools and equipment. But then again, when it’s about star wars, everything is manageable! Check out this comprehensive DIY star wars Cornhole board guide.

Star Wars Cornhole Boards
Image via: craftedworkshop.com

13) Collapsible, Lightweight, Colorful

This particular variant solves most problems associated with DIY Cornhole boards. They are collapsible and lightweight; which means they are easy to store and carry. And a dash of colors would make it a visual treat too. There’s honestly not much working against this DIY board.

DIY Cornhole boards

14) Basic, Simple, no Fuss

If you are not too keen on improving the appearance of your DIY Cornhole board and all you care about is getting on with the game then this one would work well for you. No use of colors, no tapes, no paintings, nothing whatsoever! Just a simple, straightforward, step-by-step guide on how to build Cornhole boards.

DIY Cornhole board
Image via: cornholehowto.com

15) Speak Your Mind!

Yeah we have discussed about displaying your artistic talents on a Cornhole board but how about putting up your thoughts on one? Have a quote that you fancy? Or just a random thought that occurred to you in the shower but has stuck on since? Whatever it is put it up in bold letters on that Cornhole board. Go through this article to know how to build Cornhole boards that speak your mind on your behalf.

how to build Cornhole boards

16) Rolling Cornhole Boards

Why bother carrying your Cornhole boards around? Like physically transporting them? Get them on wheels and just slide them around wherever you may want to take them. This tutorial may help.

Rolling Cornhole Boards

17) LED lit Cornhole Boards

Technology and innovation have taken the world by storm. So why not use them to customize your Cornhole boards? And could anything ever be more spectacular to visualize than LED equipped Cornhole boards? Watch this video to understand how to install LED lights on your boards.

LED lit Cornhole Boards

With 18 different DIY options, all uniquely different in their own right, you’d be spoilt for choice. But then again, isn’t it better than otherwise? DIY is not always the best way forward for all things but for a Cornhole set, you’d struggle to find a better alternative than DIY. So choose what works best for you and have fun gaming! Yeah, thank us later!

About Farhan Ahsan

My name is Farhan Ahsan,I am web enthusiast, writer and blogger. I always strive to be passionate about my work. I started my work at the beginning of 2007 by engaging myself with detail reading and exchanging information with others. Since then things and times have changed, but one thing remains the same and that is my passion for helping and educating people, building a successful blog and delivering quality content to the readers. I always love to write about gardening, sustainable life, off grid living and homestead farming.

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