Create Your Own Cornhole Game Set

cornhole1By now, I’m sure all you respectable dads out there know what cornhole is. If you’ve never heard of cornhole, it’s probably because you know it by another name–does corn toss, bags, baggo, or soft horseshoes ring a bell?

If you are still drawing a blank, I am very disappointed in you. Cornhole is one of the greatest games ever invented. Yes, I said it. I dare you to find something more awesome.

While the rest of us cool kids carry on with this article, those of you who are in the dark should go read this all-inclusive cornhole guide and get caught up on the specifics of the game.

Believe it or Not, Cornhole Can be a Family Game

Maybe people think cornhole is only appropriate for events where the beer flows like honey. In reality, cornhole is a fantastic family game. Here’s why:

  • There isn’t really any strategy involved. Those who think Park Place is a good investment will enjoy cornhole just as much as everyone else.
  • There isn’t a lot of equipment. Do any of your kids play pee-wee football? Were you appalled by all the equipment you had to buy? Helmet, pads, cleats—tons of stuff. Fortunately, all cornhole players need are some boards and bean bags.
  • Equipment storage is minimal. You already have bikes, balls, and sand toys cluttering up every corner of the garage. Fortunately, cornhole supplies won’t require much of your very valuable and limited real estate. Cornhole boards fold flat so they can slide under a bed or lean against a wall. And if you can’t find a place to stash eight little bean bags, you have more problems than we can help you solve.
  • The game is easy to understand and play. Other games might be complicated by intense rules and restrictions. Cornhole isn’t like that. Toss the bags at the board. Hope they land on the board or through the hole. The end. And bean bags are light. Grandpa can sit in his wheelchair and toss some bags back and forth.

Get Your Own!

All that being said, sometimes it is nice to have a little distinction between the kid games and the grown-up games. You might find yourself in situations where it would be nice to have the kids off doing their own thing, not running willy-nilly though your cornhole court.

So here is the perfect solution. Help your kids build their own cornhole set. Not only is this way cheaper than buying a real set, it is environmentally friendly. Plus, it counts as quality family bonding time in the form of arts and crafts.

Here is what you need to do…

Gather Your Supplies

You’ll need these things to make your cornhole craft happen:

  • A cardboard box—larger than a bread box, smaller than a dinosaur
  • A circle template—like a paper plate or a bowl
  • Something to trace your circle
  • Something to cut out the circle—box cutter, scissor, sword
  • Paint and the necessary accompaniments like brushes, smocks, etc.
  • Eight mismatched adult socks (or 16 kids size socks)

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“Build” Your Boards

To build these eco-friendly, kid-friendly boards, you won’t need any power tools (score…your phalanges are safe).

  1. If your box has flaps, tape them down.
  2. Position your box so a flap-free side is facing up (cutting through flaps is an unnecessary hurdle).
  3. Place your circle template on the top of your box. Technically, the hole for regulation cornhole boards is centered horizontally, but slid to the upper half vertically. But since there is nothing official about these boards, you can put the hole wherever you want.
  4. Draw the circle on the box and then cut it out.

Real cornhole game sets include two boards. If you have two boxes that are similar in size, you can definitely make a second board. If not, this a great time to teach the kids a valuable lesson regarding sharing and taking turns.

You have now completed the “construction” portion of the project.

Make Some Bags

Once you have your boards, you’ll need something to toss at them. We recommend socks.

If you had the necessary supplies—and gumption—you could fill socks with dried beans or corn kernels. If you lack either—or both—just turn empty socks into bags.

Adult socks can just be rolled into a ball (fold the top part of the sock down to keep everything in place). If you use kid size socks, you might need to wrap one inside the other.

True cornhole sets have four bags per player. The number of bags you have for your DIY set will depend on how many random, discarded socks you can find.

Additional Ingredients (Optional)

If you wanted, your cornhole construction adventure could be done here. Just take your “board” outside and start playing.

But for those crafty, creative folks out there, you might want to customize your boards with a little paint. At the very least, this additional step will keep the kids entertained for a little bit longer.

Start Playing

These DIY cornhole boards provide lots of bonding opportunities—whether painting or playing. Plus, the eco-friendly bit opens the door for a great lesson about recycling.

Rain or shine, inside or out, these cornhole boards will be a crowd pleaser.

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