Planning an outdoor summer party? Grab your paintbrushes and follow this tutorial to make your own colorful and super portable cornhole board. This is the perfect lake party or summer grill-out activity.

Evite Brit + Co Cornhole

Cornhole Board:

Materials:

  • Large pieces of cardboard
  • Two 24 inch x 36 inch canvases
  • Four 8 inch blocks of wood
  • Paint
  • Nails
  • Spray paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Box cutter
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Painter’s tape
  • Plate
  • Yard stick
  • Paint brush
  • Gloves for spray painting

Directions:

Step 1: Draw a square in the center of the canvas about 4 inches from the sides and 8 inches from the top. (Tip: Use an art canvas from your local craft store instead of plywood — it cuts the weight in half!) By making a square, you will be able to lay the plate in the center without having to line up center points. Place your plate inside the square and trace it. Cut out the circle with a box cutter to create the hole.

Evite Brit + Co Cornhole

Step 2: Since canvas isn’t as strong as wood, use a cardboard backing to make it more durable. Cut cardboard pieces to the same size as the canvas and slide it in place between the canvas and the canvas frame. If the cardboard covers the hole, use the box cutter to cut away the excess cardboard.

Evite Brit + Co Cornhole

Step 3: Measure and mark the center of your canvas. Then create a diagonal line with the painter’s tape that reaches from the bottom corner to the center mark. Do this on both sides of the canvas to create a triangle.

Evite Brit + Co Cornhole

Step 4: Spray paint your canvas. You can use one or two colors for your design — we used two different colors of spray paint for a fun race car effect. Let dry and then remove the tape. You can also spray paint the four 8 inch blocks of wood (these will be the wood legs of your board).

Evite Brit + Co Cornhole

Step 5: Apply a thick layer of Mod Podge onto the canvas and let dry. The smooth finish will make the bean bags slide more easily (and amp up the competitive aspect of the game).

Evite Brit + Co Cornhole

Step 6: You’re almost ready to play! Using a hammer, nail the wooden legs into the top corners of the canvas. Each leg should get two nails.

Evite Brit + Co Cornhole

Bean Bags: 

Materials:

  • Two colors of canvas fabric
  • Rice or beans
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors

Directions: 

Step 1: Fold fabric in half and measure and cut out four 6 inch x 6 inch squares in each color fabric. Tip: When choosing colors, find ones that really pop against each other. That way, each team can easily see how many points they’re racking up.

Evite Brit + Co Cornhole

Step 2: Sew three sides of the squares together.

Evite Brit + Co Cornhole

Step 3: Turn your bag inside out and fill with rice. Don’t fill it to the brim — leave a good inch of space or your bean bags will turn into bean bricks.

Evite Brit + Co Cornhole

Evite Brit + Co Cornhole

Step 4: Sew up the last side and get ready for a game of toss!

Evite Brit + Co Cornhole

Ta-dah! Four red and four yellow bean bags. Let’s play — for real this time!

Evite Brit + Co Cornhole

Toss away! Remember: The first team to 21 points (without going over) wins! If you get the bean bag on the board you score one point; through the hole is three points. If both teams land their bags on the surface of the board, the points cancel each other out. For example this board would total zero points because there are two red bags AND two yellow bags. Womp womp.

Evite Brit + Co Cornhole

But we couldn’t end on a sour note. Victory!

Evite Brit + Co Cornhole

Start planning your next party with the free Evite invitation below or check out the rest of the Brit + Co collection.

Evite Invitation by Brit + Co

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