How To Build Your Own Cornhole Game

by Tammy Taylor~

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Cornhole games – all of a sudden it seems they’re EVERYWHERE!  It’s a fun game where each team stands 27 feet away from a tilted platform with a hole cut in it and tosses a corn-filled bag at the platform trying to make it go into the hole.  The team that reaches 21 points first wins!  RancherMan & I attended a festival recently with my brother & SIL and we saw there was yet another Cornhole game there, so we all joined in on the fun and it was a super-fun evening.  After that experience our wheels started to turn.  We host an annual family reunion at the ranch that we’ve named ‘RanchFest’ and it always involves competitive games.  We always make our games ranch related, so we sat out to make our own customized cornhole game.

We wanted to make our own custom Cornhole Game for our family reunion. Thankfully it was EASY and it turned out way cute! Check it out. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Oh sure, we could have just *purchased a CornHole game, and that would be helpful if we were in a hurry, but we really wanted a custom game so we went shopping for supplies.  We bought a single 4×8 piece of plywood that was 3/4″ thick & smooth on one side.  RancherMan said we could have gone with 1/2″ thick plywood for less money but the 3/4″ thickness will make a more sturdy game.  He also bought (3) 8-ft long 2×4 boards. We really needed part of another 2×4 to make the legs but we knew we had some leftover 2×4 boards in the barn so instead of buying another board and using part of it, we used what we had available.  We also bought the 4″ carriage bolts, nuts & washers for the legs.  Here’s our cost breakdown:

Cornhole Game – 2 decks

  • 4×8 plywood, 3/4″ thick – $30
  • (3) 2×4 boards, 8′ long – $2.60/ea (add’l 2×4 section salvaged from barn)
  • (4) nuts, 4″ carriage bolts 3/8 thick  and washers for legs – $1.20
  • Heavy outdoor-worthy paint (we like Rustoleum) – Leftover from painting corral
  • Acrylic craft paint – $2.50

One full sheet of plywood was large enough to have made two complete games (aka: 4 cornhole decks) but we only needed 2 decks for our RanchFest gathering so the other 1/2 sheet plywood will be used for other purposes.  Wouldn’t it be great if they’d sell 1/2-sheets of plywood?  Maybe they do in other places, but out here in the sticks you get whatcha get…

First RancherMan measured and marked the plywood and cut two 2-ft x 4-ft decks out of the plywood sheet.  Then he measured and cut the 2×4’s to make the frame around each deck & he screwed the decks securely to their frames.

We wanted to make our own custom Cornhole Game for our family reunion. Thankfully it was EASY and it turned out way cute! Check it out. #TaylorMadeHomestead

We took the assembled decks outside and propped them on top of some large empty buckets and gave them a thorough painting with bright white Rustoleum.  We painted several coats to make sure it was completely covered and protected.

We wanted to make our own custom Cornhole Game for our family reunion. Thankfully it was EASY and it turned out way cute! Check it out. #TaylorMadeHomesteadWe didn’t have a 6″ hole saw so RancherMan measured to the center of the top edge and down 9 inches for the center of the hole and drew a 6″ circle.  He used jigsaw to cut the hole and sanded it to make it smooth.

Then he took the remnant 2×4 from our barn and cut two 12″ legs for each deck to be installed on the back end of the decks.  When these legs are extended the back of the deck will be tilted & raised off the ground 12″.  He rounded the tops of the legs that were attached to the deck so that we could swivel them in when we’re storing the game.  He then cut the other end of the leg at an angle so it would be firmly sitting on the ground when the game was set up & tilted.

We wanted to make our own custom Cornhole Game for our family reunion. Thankfully it was EASY and it turned out way cute! Check it out. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Now it’s time to decorate our game.  The cornhole games we’ve seen are decorated very simply with a chevron pattern or such.  But remember, this is for RANCHFEST and it needs to be ranch themed.  We thought it would be funny to paint a cow on our game, facing away, and strategically place the hole… well, YOU know!  Yeah I know, we’re like giggling 7-year-olds that way…  LOL

So I sketched out in pencil the bovine design I wanted and I used some acrylic craft paint to paint a Hereford cow.  Now you don’t get any more (Taylor-Made) Ranch related than that!

We wanted to make our own custom Cornhole Game for our family reunion. Thankfully it was EASY and it turned out way cute! Check it out. #TaylorMadeHomestead

After the design was painted on the decks, we coated both decks with heavy layers of polyurethane.  We wanted it to be well sealed so after each coat dried we added another coat until we had about 5-6 coats covering it.  Now our custom made Cornhole game is complete.  OMGosh I love it!!

We wanted to make our own custom Cornhole Game for our family reunion. Thankfully it was EASY and it turned out way cute! Check it out. #TaylorMadeHomestead

But we still needed corn-filled bags to toss.  RancherMan said he could just order bags online and we found the right size bags we needed at *Amazon here, but I really wanted to make my own bags using repurposed heavy denim from a couple of pairs of RancherMan’s ripped jeans.  I think the denim will fit the ranch theme perfectly and you know what I always say:  “Use Whatcha Got!”  You can see how I made the bags from denim here.

We wanted to make our own custom Cornhole Game for our family reunion. Thankfully it was EASY and it turned out way cute! Check it out. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Now that our game is ready, let the fun begin!

~TMH~

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16 thoughts on “How To Build Your Own Cornhole Game

  1. Elaine

    Lol!! I love the cow!! and I love the game corn hole…we play when we are camping all the time!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      🙂 We loved the cow design as well Elaine. It was well-received by all our guests. What a fun game! ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      A fun ranch-themed game meant to amuse the attendees. It was a screaming success – lots of snickers by all in attendance. Our design went over very well ~TMH~

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  2. Cheryl L. McClure

    Nice job!! I’ve played that game over the last few years at a friends house, like we did yesterday. Didn’t get to warm up enough to beat the winners but it was fun! If they get to 21, they go back to 13 and keep playing!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      It is a super fun game, Cheryl. it was the perfect party game for our gathering! ~TMH~

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  3. Katie

    This is by far my FAVORITE summertime game EVER! Perhaps I’ll share this on my husbands FB wall so he takes the hint! 😉

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      CornHole has really exploded in popularity Katie – and it makes a super-fun party game! ~TMH~

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  4. Linda @ Brooklyn Bread

    We made a (not nearly as high quality!) corn hole game for our son’s Star Wars birthday party – it was the most fun thing ever and a huge hit! Love…

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      What a fun game appropriate for ALL ages, huh Linda? We sure had a blast at our gathering! ~TMH~

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  5. ColleenB.~Texas

    :} What an udderly cute design. Now if only the tail would swing back and forth to make it more interesting :} Great job RancherMan. Kids as well as the adults will have a fun time playing this for when you have your family get-together. When growing up, we had a game very much like this only we called it ‘Toss-Across.’

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      LOL – ‘udderly cute’, you’ve got a million of ’em, eh Colleen!! ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      LOL – I figure sometimes you’ve just got to do things to entertain yourself, I just happen to strive to make it an Olympic event in the Taylor Household. (snicker) ~TMH~

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