How to Make Cornhole Boards & Bags

By Penny Porter
How to Make Cornhole Boards & Bags
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Cornhole, or corn toss, has rules similar to the game horseshoes. In order to play Cornhole, players must stand 32 to 24 feet from a Cornhole board and throw cloth bags of corn at it. Players score by putting their bags on the board or through the hole in the board and remove opponent's points by knocking the other player's bags off the board. Cornhole boards are expensive, despite the fact that the materials themselves are relatively cheap. Save money by making your own--in addition to costing less, it's moderately easy to do.

Cornhole Board

Step 1

Set a plywood sheet down length-wise in front of you. From the middle of the 2-foot-wide side that is facing you, measure in 9 inches toward the center of the plywood and mark that spot with a pencil. Do the same with the other piece of plywood.

Step 2

Draw a 6-inch diameter hole with a pencil compass on each piece of plywood, using the mark on each from the previous step as the center of the circle.

Step 3

Drill a hole into the center of each circle, then use a jigsaw to cut out the 6-inch diameter circle from each piece of plywood.

Step 4

Cut the pieces for the board frame from three of the 8-foot long, 2-inch by 4-inch boards. Measure and cut the pieces with a miter saw so that you have four pieces that are 4-feet long and four pieces measuring 21 inches in length.

Step 5

Create a rectangular frame using two boards measuring 4 feet in length and two that measure 21 inches in length. Set the 4-inch boards on the outside of the frame, parallel to one another, with the 21-inch pieces set perpendicularly between the ends of the longer boards. Use a power screwdriver to drive 3-inch wood screws through the 4-inch boards and into the narrow 2-inch by 4-inch ends of the 21-inch long boards. Repeat this to make a second frame.

Step 6

Set the frames down on the ground and set the plywood pieces onto the top of the frames. Attach the plywood to the frames using 3-inch long wood screws and the power screwdriver again. Place the screws approximately 1 foot apart around the edges of the plywood piece and down through the boards that make up the frames.

Step 7

Cut the two legs for the boards from the remaining 8-foot long board. Cut off four pieces that measure 1 foot in length, then use a compass to cut a 45-degree angle into one end of each piece to use to prop up the Cornhole board.

Step 8

Set one of the angled boards on each side of the hole in the Cornhole board and flush against the frame pieces. Drive two 3-inch long boards through the frame pieces and into the outward facing top-sides of the angled pieces. Remember to set the angled edges flush against the underside of the board, so that the non-angled ends are flush with the ground or floor.

Step 9

Sand the entire top surface of each Cornhole board, removing all roughness from the edges and surface of the plywood pieces, then paint or stain the boards as desired.

Cornhole Bags

Step 1

Cut 16 fabric squares, each measuring 7 inches by 7 inches. Use a tailor’s tape measure, fabric marker and fabric scissors for this process. Ideally, you should cut 8 pieces from one color or pattern and 8 from another, so that you have 2 sets of 4 bags for each team or player.

Step 2

Pair together two fabric pieces of the same color and safety pin all but one side. Sew all but the open side closed with hand stitching.

Step 3

Turn the fabric inside-out and fill the sacks with large kernel feed corn, then sew the remaining opening shut on each cloth bag.