Outdoor Games are the name of the game in summer time, and what better thing to do with your family than play a fun game of Corn Hole? We love this game so much, hubby and I decided to do a Corn Hole DIY to share with our readers.
Summer 2020 may have only started, but it already feels like it has been a long summer due to the current state of affairs. Having to social distance and be home for so long can become taxing and stressful. Playing games with your family can help release that stress and bring some fun into summer.
An Easy DIY Project The Whole Family Can Enjoy Doing
This Corn Hole DIY was fairly quick and easy to put together. Hubby bought the supplies at Lowes and did all the cutting, sanding, attaching parts, and painting.
We gave this game a coat of primer, then we decided to spray paint the board to give it a nice pretty blue color. It took about two cans of spray paint to completely coat both boards, but we are in love with the end result!
An Easy Way To Paint The Corn Hole Boards
To paint the Corn Hole DIY Board, Hubby took a painters tape and marked out the center of the circle, and then pulled the tape down to the bottom corner of the same side of the board. He taped some paper over top of the triangle he created with the painters tape to leave a white triangle section pointing to the hole on the board.
What Is A Corn Hole Game
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Corn hole is a fun lawn game where people toss bags to towards the hole at the top of the corn hole board. It can be played with single players or two team players. A hole in the bag will score 3 points where a bag on the board will score 1 point. No points scored if you miss altogether!
The corn hole bags can be homemade or purchased. We had to purchase ours due to the fact I don’t have a heavy duty sewing machine. Grumpy prefers the corn hole bags with filled with corn in them rather than sand.
If your interested you can make your own DIY corn hole bags.
Make A Customized Game Board
This Corn Hole DIY can be finished in any design you like. Some like fancy patterns, but this old girl is not artistic in any way but the kitchen!
Great ideas for decorating your corn hole game would be:
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- 4 2x4x48
- 4 2x4x21
- 2 24×48 pieces of ½” plywood
- 4 2x4x11 ½
- 3 ” deck screws
- 2 tubes of subfloor adhesive
- 1 ½ Finishing nails
- 2 ¼”x4” carriage bolts
- 2 ¼” flat washers
- 2 ¼” wing nuts
- 2 cans Gloss paint color of choice
[mv_schema_meta name="cut boards"]Cut the 2×4’s so there are 4 (48") pieces and 4 (21") pieces. These will be your 2’ x 4’ frame. Cut the plywood into two 24” x 48” pieces. [mv_img id="3464"]
[mv_schema_meta name="mark boards"]Take two 48” pieces and lay them out side by side, take one of the 21” pieces and place between the two 48” pieces at the top and bottom. [mv_img id="3465"]
[mv_schema_meta name="mark pieces"]Mark the 48” pieces once the 21” pieces are squared up. Use a 1/8” drill bit and pre-drill 2 holes at each end of the 48” pieces only. [mv_img id="3466"]
[mv_schema_meta name="fasten"]Using the 3” deck screws fasten all four corners. Make sure everything is flush and square. (To check for square measure from corner to corner diagonally) [mv_img id="3467"]
[mv_schema_meta name="add plywood"]Once everything square, apply the sub-floor adhesive to the edge of the frame all the way around and place the plywood on top and nail or screw in place. [mv_img id="3468"]
[mv_schema_meta name="sand"]Once the adhesive has dried, sand the playing surface and sides with 120 grit sandpaper. [mv_img id="3469"]
[mv_schema_meta name="measure for hole"]Measure down 9” from the top and make a mark, then measure 12” from the edge and make a mark that intersects with the 9” mark. Now you have the center point for your 6” hole. If you don’t have a 6” hole saw then you can use a compass to make a 6” circle and cut it out with a jig-saw. (you’ll have to drill a hole large enough for your jig saw blade) [mv_img id="3470"]
[mv_schema_meta name="measure for leg positioning"]The 11 ½” pieces are the legs, for these measure down 1 ¾” from the top and 1 ¾” from the edge. From that center point with a compass draw a 3 ½” arch at the top of the leg. Using a saw cut out the arch and sand smooth. [mv_img id="3471"]
[mv_schema_meta name="cut out hole"]With a ¼” drill bit drill out the center point you used to make the arch, this will be where the leg will fasten to the side of the game.[mv_img id="3473"]
[mv_schema_meta name="attach legs"]Flip the game on its side so you can get to the under side. Take your leg and place it against the inside of the 2×4 frame at the top, now using the hole you already drilled in the leg as a pilot hole drill through the frame and insert the ¼” carriage bolt, washer and wing nut. The leg should fold in and out easily. [mv_img id="3474"]
[mv_schema_meta name="paint"]To paint, start with a latex primer/sealer and then an exterior gloss paint that will work on wood. You can paint them anyway you like but if your want to do 2 or more colors be sure to use a good painters tape so paint doesn’t bleed through. [mv_img id="3475"]
- For cutting plywood, Lowes or Home depot will cut the plywood for you if you wish.
- In step 10, if the leg does not move easily, sand the arch until it does. Do the same for the other leg.
- Paint the corn hole boards with primer first. Then paint the entire board gloss white (2 coats). Masked off what you want to keep white and painted everything else true blue gloss.
Tools listed are tools we used when making this corn hole board game