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The husband has always been hard to shop for any holiday or event. Does anyone else have this problem with the men in their life? Well I finally realized he loves to play games of every kind (he is very competitive!) and corn hole is no exception, however, to buy a corn hole game set seems a little unreasonable or of low quality. I knew we had almost all the materials and supplies needed to make this for what would be cheaper and with more love put into it by me and the kids! So let me show you how we made a DIY Cornhole game!

An above view of a striped painted cornhole board on a concrete driveway

I actually found a pretty straight forward tutorial on the Home Depot blog for this corn-hole game. I did make some minor changes so that it would work better for us. I had seen several ideas where a pegboard was made at the back of the game to keep score and I wanted to incorporate this. I also wanted to add handles to the side for easy moving.

Materials Needed to Make a DIY Cornhole Game

Again I followed the directions according to the Home Depot project and cut all the boards to the lengths they mentioned. These are pictures of the process and below I will highlight the changes I made so that you can see exactly how I changed up their project slightly.

A pile of 2x4 boards laying on a concrete floor
A piece of plywood with a hole cut in the top laying on a concrete floor
A back view of a cornhole game board laying on a concrete floor

One of the changes I made was to add rope handles to the side of each board so that it would make it easier for hauling in and out of the garage. I drilled two holes 5″ apart on each 2×4 side so that I could attach rope at the end.

A close up of a cornhole game board folding leg with a large bolt end

I made sure the legs were sanded very well so that they moved smoothly against the wood.

A close up of a cornhole gameboard leg un-folded

And because this was a Father’s Day gift I had the kids help paint. We used leftover exterior paint that we already had on hand and decided on some chevron stripes.

Two children using white and blue paint to paint a plywood cornhole game board set
Two plywood cornhole boards being painted by two children on a concrete floor

As I mentioned before I wanted to add handles to the sides for easy hauling. I went to our local hardware store and bought just the amount I needed as it is sold by the yard there. We ended up doing the reveal to Justin before we actually added the handles so he helped with this part. We used electrical tape to keep the ends from fraying and ended up leaving them that way and using a lighter to melt the ends of the other side.

As I mentioned previously I wanted a way to keep track of the score but I didn’t want to have a separate thing to keep track of. So we added holes in the back of one of the boards for golf tees to be inserted in as a way to keep track of the score.

The back view of a cornhole board with screw holes drilled along the back

I could not be happier the way that these turned out. We now have a fun summer game to play with our family and friends for some friendly competitions for years to come!

Two cornhole game boards painted in a chevron pattern in blue, yellow, sage green and white

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