Cornhole Yard Game DIY

I love a good yard game. Summertime with a fruity drink in your hand and a handful of yard games is a great way to spend a summer afternoon or evening. My husband has always loved the game cornhole, which is basically a bean bag toss game where you are trying to get bags into a hole on a wooden board (the bags are traditionally filled with corn, so hence the name). But it’s actually a lot of fun and I like that you don’t have to be very sporty to play, which is a plus for me. Here’s how you can make your own for some backyard fun!

Supplies:
-1/2″ plywood board cut to 2′ x 4′ (you’ll need two of these or you can also buy them already cut with a hole to save time!)
-2″ x 4″ boards (we used three 8′ long boards)
-jig saw to cut hole or a 6″ hole saw bit for drill (if you didn’t buy boards that already have a hole)
-chop saw or circular saw
3/8″ x 4″ carriage bolts (you need 4)
3/8″ washers (you need 4)
3/8″ wing nuts (you need 4)
-light sandpaper
-paint for stripe design (I used, in order, Rachel Pink by Sherwin Williams, Pirate Treasure by Valspar, Magic Wand by Valspar, and Coral Reef by Valspar)
-wood glue and clamps
-nail gun or 2″ wood screws
-power drill
-rope for handles (optional)

First, you’ll want to cut your plywood sheets down to two 2′ x 4′ boards if you didn’t buy the precut boards. To make a hole, make a mark 9″ down from the top and 12″ in from each side to find the center point of the hole location. Trace a 6″ wide circle with that mark as the center and cut out with a jig saw, or use a 6″ hole saw bit on a drill to make the hole.

Once your boards are ready, you’ll cut the rest of your wood! You’ll want four pieces of 2′ x 4′ that are cut to 4″ long each for the long sides, and four more boards that are cut to 2′ long each. Cut an inward 45° angle at each end so you can put them together like a frame.

If you don’t have a saw that can cut 45° angles, then just cut four boards to be 4′ long for the sides and four more boards that are 21″ long so they will fit in between the long side pieces.

Once the sides are cut, flip the board upside down and glue the sides in place one at a time, keeping them flush with the edge of the board. Clamp the boards in place and flip the board back over to nail gun or add wood screws through the top to attach the board to the side. Make sure to nail or screw the corners together as well where they meet up for extra stability like above. Once all your sides are on, we can work on the legs!

Cut four 2′ x 4′ boards to be 11 1/2″ long. Round the top end with a jig saw (you can trace a bowl or cup there to get a good curve) and cut the other end at a 10° angle. Mark the center of your rounded radius with a pencil and drill a 3/8″ hole centered in that spot as you see above.

To mount your leg to your board, place one leg on the inside top edge of your board just far enough away from the top board that you have enough room to rotate the leg up and down at the hole site. Clamp the leg in place against the board in the down position and drill through the pre-drilled hole and out through the side board so you have a hole the whole way through.

Slide your bolt through the hole from the outside and add the washer and wing nut on the other side. Repeat with all four legs.

Once your legs are attached, mark the legs at the halfway point so you can see where the crossbar should hit and measure the space between the legs (our was a little under 18″). Cut two 2′ x 4’s to that length and center the board on the legs to make a crossbar for stability. Glue and then screw or nail the bar in place from the outside edges. Now your legs should fold in and out together!

Now that your boards are assembled, give them a light sanding where any rough edges may be present and get ready to paint!

I chose to have a white board with four colors as a stripe up to the board. Just paint your white color and then once it’s dry, tape off your other stripes and paint each section. You can stain, seal, or paint all sides of the boards if you think it will be in tough weather or stored in humidity, but you can also get away with just painting the top if that’s not the case.

These boards can be a little heavy to carry for some, so adding a rope handle on the sides for easier carrying can help! Just drill two holes and add some rope that’s knotted on the inside of the frame.

You can make your own bean bag with corn, but those tend to get moldy, so I bought some of these since they will last longer. Once your game is ready to go, it’s time to set up that puppy and begin to play!

I have to say that I think these are basically the cutest cornhole boards I’ve ever seen (and definitely the cutest game player for sure!)! But maybe I’m a little biased on that, haha. If you haven’t played this game before, the rules are pretty simple and just about anyone can play age wise since you can move the boards closer together for little ones. Hope a set of these appear in your backyard this summer! xo. Laura

 

Cornhole Yard Game DIY

Author Laura Gummerman

Ingredients

  • 1/2″ plywood board cut to 2′ x 4′ (you’ll need two of these or you can also buy them already cut with a hole to save time!)
  • 2″ x 4″ boards (we used three 8′ long boards)
  • jig saw to cut hole or a 6″ hole saw bit for drill (if you didn’t buy boards that already have a hole)-chop saw or circular saw
  • 3/8″ x 4″ carriage bolts (you need 4)
  • 3/8″ washers (you need 4)
  • 3/8″ wing nuts (you need 4)
  • light sandpaper
  • paint for stripe design (I used, in order, Rachel Pink by Sherwin Williams, Pirate Treasure by Valspar, Magic Wand by Valspar, and Coral Reef by Valspar)
  • wood glue and clamps
  • nail gun or 2″ wood screws
  • power drill
  • rope for handles (optional)

Instructions

  1. First, you’ll want to cut your plywood sheets down to two 2′ x 4′ boards if you didn’t buy the precut boards. To make a hole, make a mark 9″ down from the top and 12″ in from each side to find the center point of the hole location. Trace a 6″ wide circle with that mark as the center and cut out with a jig saw, or use a 6″ hole saw bit on a drill to make the hole.

  2. Once your boards are ready, you’ll cut the rest of your wood! You’ll want four pieces of 2′ x 4′ that are cut to 4″ long each for the long sides, and four more boards that are cut to 2′ long each. Cut an inward 45° angle at each end so you can put them together like a frame.

  3. If you don’t have a saw that can cut 45° angles, then just cut four boards to be 4′ long for the sides and four more boards that are 21″ long so they will fit in between the long side pieces.

  4. Once the sides are cut, flip the board upside down and glue the sides in place one at a time, keeping them flush with the edge of the board. Clamp the boards in place and flip the board back over to nail gun or add wood screws through the top to attach the board to the side.

  5. Make sure to nail or screw the corners together as well where they meet up for extra stability like above. Once all your sides are on, we can work on the legs!

  6. Cut four 2′ x 4′ boards to be 11 1/2″ long. Round the top end with a jig saw (you can trace a bowl or cup there to get a good curve) and cut the other end at a 10° angle. Mark the center of your rounded radius with a pencil and drill a 3/8″ hole centered in that spot as you see above.

  7. To mount your leg to your board, place one leg on the inside top edge of your board just far enough away from the top board that you have enough room to rotate the leg up and down at the hole site. Clamp the leg in place against the board in the down position and drill through the pre-drilled hole and out through the side board so you have a hole the whole way through. Slide your bolt through the hole from the outside and add the washer and wing nut on the other side. Repeat with all four legs.

  8. I chose to have a white board with four colors as a stripe up to the board. Just paint your white color and then once it’s dry, tape off your other stripes and paint each section. You can stain, seal, or paint all sides of the boards if you think it will be in tough weather or stored in humidity, but you can also get away with just painting the top if that’s not the case.

  9. These boards can be a little heavy to carry for some, so adding a rope handle on the sides for easier carrying can help! Just drill two holes and add some rope that’s knotted on the inside of the frame.

    You can make your own bean bag with corn, but those tend to get moldy, so I bought some of these since they will last longer. Once your game is ready to go, it’s time to set up that puppy and begin to play!

Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
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