DIY Cornhole Boards That Are Easy + Design-Savvy? Yes, It's Possible!

Bulky and unattractive cornhole boards no more! Make this fun, colorful set that's easy to store and easy on the eyes, too.

By: Rebecca Ridner
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Designer Cornhole Boards

Designer Cornhole Boards

These boards aren't quite up to official regulations but will still provide lots of good play while complementing your style. Bonus — they are a snap to make!

Photo by: Emilee Stanley Photography

Emilee Stanley Photography

Traditional cornhole boards are fun, but they pose a serious design and storage challenge. The pre-made options aren't the prettiest, and they take up a ton of precious space in the garage. Enter: The cornhole board for the design afficianado. These boards aren't quite up to official regulations, but will still provide lots of good play while complementing your style. When not in use, they fold up to a slim 1-1/2 inches. Bonus: They're a snap to make!

Tools and Materials

  • jig saw
  • 120 grit sanding block or sandpaper
  • drill
  • pipe cutter or hacksaw
  • 6" diameter bowl
  • measuring tape
  • small foam roller or paint brush
  • sheet of 3/4" plywood, cut into two pieces 24" x 48"
  • two 1x2 boards, 24" long
  • 8' of 3/4 copper pipe, cut into four 12" pieces and two 22" pieces
  • four 3/4" 90 degree elbow joints
  • four 3/4" plywood pipe caps
  • six 3/4" plywood pipe straps
  • six 1" wood screws
  • 12- 1/2" wood screws
  • quick setting epoxy
  • three exterior paint colors
  • painters tape
Materials for Cornhole Boards

Materials for Cornhole Boards

You will need the following materials for this project: plywood, copper pipes, three paint colors, painters tape, wood screws, epoxy and 1x2 wood boards.

Photo by: Emilee Stanley Photography

Emilee Stanley Photography

Purchase Plywood

The home improvement store will typically cut your plywood for free, which saves you time. For a smoother paint finish for the paint, purchase pre-sanded plywood or sand down with fine-grit sandpaper before starting. If you are planning to keep your boards outside, opt for pressure-treated plywood.

Measure + Cut Hole

Find a bowl with a 6" diameter — this is the perfect size for the hole. Measure 3" from the top and 9" from the side and trace the bowl (Image 1). Use a drill to make a hole large enough for the saw blade (Image 2). Carefully cut the circle out with a jig saw (Image 3). With sanding block, lightly smooth the inside of the circle and raw edges of the board.

Build Legs

Use a pipe cutter or hacksaw to cut copper pipe to size. Glue a 12” piece to each elbow joint and then connect two joints with each 22” piece. Add the cap pieces on the open ends of the 12” pieces. You will end up with two U-shaped leg pieces. Make sure to use enough epoxy and give it time to set.

Build Legs for Cornhole Boards

Build Legs for Cornhole Boards

Use a pipe cutter or hacksaw to cut your pipe. Glue a 12” piece to each elbow joint and then connect two joints with each 22” piece. Add the cap pieces on the open ends of the 12” pieces. You will end up with two U-shaped leg pieces. Make sure to use enough epoxy and give it time to set.

Photo by: Emilee Stanley Photography

Emilee Stanley Photography

Create + Paint Design

To make the design, measure and mark every 9” on both long ends of the board and down the middle. Use painters tape to make lines connecting the top center to the first mark on both sides (Image 1). Then the first center mark to the second mark on both sides. Continue until you have four lines that meet in the middle (Image 2). Now the fun part, paint a bright color in each taped off section (Image 3). Remove tape once completely dry.

Attach Legs

Flip your board over and measure 1.5" from the top and attach the legs using three pipe straps and 1/2" screws (Image 1). The legs should be able to fold up and down. Next, add a 1x2 board above the pipe, overlapping the top of the pipe strap (Image 2). Attach with 1” screws making sure not to screw where the straps are.

Ready to Play

Fold legs out and the boards are ready to go! You can either purchase cornhole bags online or make them yourself in coordinating colors. You will need two different color bags.

Designer Cornhole Boards

Designer Cornhole Boards

Fold legs out and the boards are ready to go! You can either purchase cornhole bags online or make them yourself in coordinating colors. You will need two different color bags.

Photo by: Emilee Stanley Photography

Emilee Stanley Photography

To make your own bags:

Cut 16- 7” x 7” squares, eight from one fabric and eight from another.

Place right sides of fabric together, sew a stitch 1/2" in from the raw edge of three sides and 3/4 of the fourth side.

Turn the bag right side out.

Using a funnel, fill with popcorn or feed corn. Should weigh 16oz when filled.

Sew the opening shut.

Designer Cornhole Boards

Designer Cornhole Boards

Enjoy your beautiful and slim cornhole boards. They fold down to just 1.5” thick when you need to store them.

Photo by: Emilee Stanley Photography

Emilee Stanley Photography

Enjoy your beautiful, slim cornhole boards. They fold down to just 1.5" thick when you need to store them.

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