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How to Make Corn Hole Boards — DIY Project

The cornhole game has brought many hours of joy and entertainment to our lives on a weekly basis. This is our favorite game to play as a family and the game truly never gets old!

My dad has become the cornhole guru in our family so he is the guest creator on Stunning Misadventures this week! He was patient enough to let us film his creation and even allowed my husband and me to jump in and help out with the woodworking and painting process.

Over the last few years, my dad has made a total of 12 sets of cornhole boards! This is not just a one time project for him. He has gifted them to family members and friends and they have been able to join in on the fun that the game brings to family gatherings and relaxed nights in the backyard.

I will include a list of rules below for those of you that have never played this American Game before.

First, I highly recommend downloading this FREE app on your iPhone or iPad. It’s called “Cornhole Scorecard”. It’s an easy way to keep track of the individual or team scores throughout the game.

The formal game rules can also be found in this app.

Game Start/Main Rules:

  1. Two teams are made with 2 players each. Our family likes to commonly play with more than 2 teams but this requires 4 corn hole bags for every extra team. We have also played with as little as 2 people at a time.
  2. Each team has 4 corn hole bags of each color. We highly recommend buying different bag colors because it’s easier to keep track of who has thrown each bag.
  3. The boards should be 27 feet apart from the front of each board.
  4. Players take turns tossing their bags until all bags have been thrown. I have seen some people alternate between two teams and will take turns between each bag thrown. However, our family plays with one person throwing all 4 bags at once and then the next player will throw their 4 bags after.

Scoring:

  1. 1 point is given for every bag that lands on the board. The formal way of playing does not allow the point to count if the bag hits the ground or bounces onto the board. However, our family counts the point if it bounces onto the board or is hanging off the board and not touching the ground.
  2. 3 points are given for every bag that goes into the hole. Bags that are hanging on the edge of the hole are still only worth 1 point.
  3. All teams or individuals tally up their scores after all the bags have been thrown. The winning team or individual adds the difference between the two scores to their score. (Example w/ 2 teams: Team 1 scores 5, Team 2 scores 3, Team 1 gains 2 points) (Example w/3 teams: Team 1 scores 2, Team 2 scores 7, Team 3 scores 4, Team 2 gains 4 points)

Tools:

  • Table Saw
  • Skill Saw
  • Hand Drill
  • 6” Slotted Hole Saw
  • Saw Horse
  • Drill Press
  • 9/16” Drill Bit

Wood:

  • Original: 1 strip of ½ “ finish plywood
    • Cut down to (2) 2’x4’s
  • Original: (2) Treated 2x4s
    • Cut down to (4) 44-⅞”, (4) 24”, & (2) 20-⅞”
  • Original: (1) Treated 8′
    • Cut down to (2) 11-1/8” with 11-degree angle

I have included a photo below of the pieces of wood assembled together. This is the base of the corn hole boards.

Corn Hole Base

The image below shows the measurements of the legs.

Other Items:

  • T-Square
  • Pencil for marking wood
  • Hand Sander w/ 100 grit sandpaper
  • Square
  • (24) #10×3 Wood Screws
  • (12) #8×1-⅝” Wood Screws
  • 3-½” Round Object for making curved lines
  • (4) ½”x5” Carriage Bolts
  • (4) Washers
  • (4 or 8) Nuts
  • Damp Rag
  • (1) QT of White Paint (recommend (1) Gal if creating more than 1 set)
  • (1) QT of Red Paint
  • (1) QT of Blue Paint
  • 9” Roller Cover
  • 9” Cage Roller Frame
  • Metal Frame
  • Fine Paint Brush
  • 1” Masking Tape
  • Star Stickers
  • Box Cutter Knife
  • High-Gloss Top Coat
  • Counter Sink Hole Drill

Purchasing Corn Hole Items:

Watch the step by step process below.

Corn Hole Boards
Corn Bag Holders

Music

Song #1: Ehrling – Sommar

Song #2: Ehrling – Champagne Ocean

Song #3: Ehrling – This Is My Passion

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