DIY Cornhole and Bean Bags

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The good thing about living in Florida is that when everyone else is bundling up for winter and early spring, we can really enjoy outdoor time as a family. To begin a day of fun outdoors as a family, we headed to Walmart to grab some snacks: Goldfish® crackers and lemonade. One outdoor game the kids seem to love whenever we travel is cornhole. If you’ve never played cornhole, it’s basically a bean bag toss game with a large wooden board.

Inspired by the bright colors of the Goldfish® crackers box, I built this awesome cornhole board and sewed fun bright orange bean bags. Here’s how you can make all of this in about two hours and enjoy time outdoors with your family and a great snack!

Below are instructions to build your own cornhole board and sew bean bags, but before you get started, head to Walmart where you can purchase Goldfish® crackers to enjoy outside with your family. They can be found in the cookie and cracker aisle. While you’re at Walmart, grab your favorite refreshing beverage, some hula hoops, a football, sidewalk chalk, and anything else for a fun family day together.

Materials:

  • One piece of 24″ x 48″ plywood
  • Two pieces of wood 1″ x 4″ x 48″
  • Two pieces of wood 1″ x 4″ x 10″
  • Two pieces of wood 2″ x 2″ x 12″
  • Eight 2″ nails
  • Ten 1″ nails
  • Two 2″ screws
  • Spray paint

Equipment:

  • Drill (with large drill bit and screwdriver)
  • Jigsaw
  • Hammer

Directions:

Begin by constructing your frame. To make a 24″ x 48″ frame, you will nestle the two 10″ wood pieces between the two 48″ pieces. Using two 2″ nails at each corner, hammer the sides together until you have a large rectangle.

Spray paint the wooden frame any color you choose. I wanted to use two contrasting colors: bold orange and light grey. I went with grey as the color on the frame, orange as the color on most of the surface.

Next up, determine where you will place your hole. I looked up the correct dimensions of a cornhole set and learned that the circle should be 6″ in diameter, centered horizontally, and the center of the circle should be 9″ below the top edge. I used a bowl from my kitchen to draw the 6″ circle. I drilled a large hole in the center, and used a jigsaw to cut the circle. Sand around the circle to remove any rough, splintered edges.

Now it’s time for the fun part – Paint the top surface of your cornhole! I wanted a fun design using the bold orange spray paint. The piece of plywood being used for this is actually one of my old blog props, used as a backdrop or surface for flat lays. It was getting pretty worn-out, so I was happy to repurpose it. First, I painted the entire board the light grey color. Then I used painter’s tape to make the design and painted the surface the orange color.

When I peeled the tape off, it looked so cool! Exactly how I was hoping it would turn out {you’ll get to see when you scroll down}. Now it’s time to attach the surface to the frame using ten 1″ nails. Just hammer them in!

The final step is to attach the legs. Simply screw the two long screws through the surface and the legs that have been wedged right inside the frame.

To give this cornhole board a finished look, I spray painted over the areas where we placed the screws and nails. What do you think of this fun design?

Now that the cornhole board is complete, it’s time to sew the bean bags. These directions allow you to make two bean bags.

Materials:

  • Two quarters of fabric in different colors
  • Coordinating thread
  • 2 sandwich bags
  • 8 ounces of navy beans

Equipment:

  • Sewing machine
  • Pinking shears
  • Straight pins

Directions:

 Begin by gathering your materials. I wanted to give these a fun look to match the cornhole board, so I used two different fabrics for each bean bag: a bold orange and a grey with white polka dots.

Cut two 6″ squares out of each fabric. Place a sandwich bag in between two fabric squares, pin it in place, and cut it to size. The sandwich bag will keep all of the beans in place. Use a zigzag stitch to sew along three sides, leaving one side open.

Fill the sandwich bag inside bean bag about 3/4 of the way with beans. Use a zigzag stitch to seal the final edge. Use the pinking shears to get a fun finish all the way around. Your bean bags are now ready for tossing!

For a fun day outdoors with your family, begin by setting up a snack station for the kids. I purchased Xtra Cheddar Goldfish® crackers and Colors Goldfish® crackers. I served the Goldfish® crackers with glasses of refreshing lemonade!

The kids had fun with our backyard carnival. Fun snacks + Fun game = Fun family time! Bryce was our cornhole champ. That kid has a good arm on him! Lydia did a great job trying her best, too.

The Snack That Smiles Back®

Head to Walmart where you can purchase Goldfish® crackers to enjoy outside with your family. They can be found in the cookie and cracker aisle. While your at Walmart, grab your favorite refreshing beverage, some hula hoops, a football, sidewalk chalk, and anything else for a fun family day together.

How do you enjoy the outdoors together as a family?

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia (age 7) and Bryce (age 5). Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.
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