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How To Build Your Own Set of Cornhole Boards



The lazy days of summer aren’t here quite yet, but it’s never too early to start thinking of fun outdoor activities to do when it gets here! If you’ve ever gone to a picnic or outdoor party where cornhole has been the main attraction, then you know how fun it is! Two teams going head-to-head in a beanbag tossing competition that ends with one team victorious, and the other team as losers. No matter how fun or competitive your cornhole games are, players of all ages and abilities can play and have fun!

If you don’t have a cornhole set and want to get one, you can either purchase one from anywhere between $50-$200, or you can build your own for much less! Building one isn’t as hard as you’d think and it allows you to create your own unique design once it’s assembled. Decorate yours with your favorite team’s colors or logo, a family crest, or whatever suits your fancy. Below you’ll find a list of materials and tools needed and easy-to-follow directions on how to build your own set of cornhole boards. Once you make these you’ll be all set to host your own backyard cornhole competition, or you can arrive at next summer’s BBQ with your own custom-made cornhole set to show everyone who’s boss of the beanbags!

Materials needed for 2 boards (1 game):


Materials needed to make your own cornhole boards


2 pieces of ½” birch-veneer plywood that measure 24” x 48” each

Four (4) 2 x 4 sides that measure 48” long

Four (4) 2 x 4 ends that measure 21” long

Four (4) 2 x 4 legs that measure 12” high

Twenty (20) 1” trim-head screws

Sixteen (16) 3” deck screws

Four (4) 3/8 by 3 ½” carriage bolt

Four (4) washers

Four (4) wing nuts

6 ½” utility pull (if you want a carrying handle)

High-grade veneer for a slippery topcoat on the boards

Tools needed:



  • Compass

  • Drill

  • Jigsaw

  • Wood glue

  • Wood filler

  • Sandpaper

  • Primer

  • Electric screwdriver


If decorating the boards:

  • Painter’s tape

  • Utility knife to cut tape

  • Satin spray paint

  • Polyacrylic Finish


Let’s Make Them!


Start with the circles:


Step one: Cut out the circles from each board


  1. To make the holes in the 24” x 48” plywood, take one board and mark a spot that is 8 7/8” from the top of the board and centered 12” from each side. Put your compass right on this spot and use it to draw a 3”-radius circle.

  2. With your drill, make a small hole anywhere inside the circle so you can fit the blade of your saw through it.

  3. Cut the circle out with your jigsaw.

  4. Repeat these steps to make the circle in the other piece of plywood.


Cut the legs and frames:


Step 2: measure and cut each leg for the boards


  1. Using your saw, cut the 2 x 4 leg and frame pieces to the lengths noted above.

  2. To create rounded-off legs, do the following:


a. Draw a line parallel to and 1 ¾” below the top edge.


b. Measure and mark the center of this line.


c. Set your compass at the center and draw a half circle that has a radius of 1 ¾” and intersects with the top edge.


d. Cut along this line with your jigsaw.


e. Drill a hole through the compass spot with a ¼” bit.


f. Repeat these steps for the other legs.



Lay the frames:


Step three: lay the frames for your cornhole boards


  1. For each board, do the following to position the frame:


a. Set the 2 x 4 frame pieces so that you make a rectangular frame (short ends sit inside the long sides).


b. Lay the piece of plywood on top. Adjust the frame pieces so your rectangular frame fits flush with the corners of the piece of plywood.


c. Lift the plywood, apply wood glue on the edges of the frame pieces, and set the plywood back down. Press down so that it sticks.



Frame and board assembly:


Step 4: Assembling the frame and board of your cornhole boards


  1. At each corner, you’re going to screw two (2) evenly spaced 3” deck screws through the side into the end piece.

  2. To attach both plywood boards to each frame, use 1 ¼” finish screws.

  3. Use wood filler to cover up the fastener holes for a clean look.

  4. Use your sandpaper (or electric sander) to smooth it over.

  5. Finish it off with a coat of primer (to frame and legs).


Create your unique design:


Step 5: Create your own unique design for the cornhole boards


  1. Using painter’s tape, cover the area of the board that you do not want to paint. Once you’re done taping, the only part of the board that should be showing is the design that you want to spray paint on.

  2. Grab your spray paint and start applying long, even strokes. Paint one board in one color and the other board in another color so as to designate one team from the other.

  3. When the paint is almost dry, very carefully peel away the tape by pulling away at sharp angles. Then, once it’s completely dry, coat the board in a polyacrylic finish so that it’s protected and slippery.


Add handles:


Step 6: Add handles to the side of each cornhole board


  1. Using an electric screwdriver, attach a carrying handle to one side of each frame for easy transport from picnic to picnic.


Add the legs:


Step 7: adding the legs to your cornhole boards


  1. Turn over each board so you can add the legs to the underside.

  2. On the end with the circle, measure 3 ½” from the outside corner toward the middle of the frame. Do this on both sides of the frame.

  3. Drill a 3/8” hole through the center of each side piece at this spot.

  4. Slide a bolt through each hole from the outside and slide a leg onto the bolt on the inside of the frame.

  5. Secure with a washer and nut. Tighten the nut so that it’s snug, but leave it loose enough that you can fold the leg when you want to store it.


DIY cornhole boards - the finished product


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