DIY Corn Hole Board + Free Printable Rule Card

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Summertime, and the livin’ is easy! The weather has been absolutely perfect, and is screaming for a backyard BBQ. I am always looking for fun DIY projects, and came across building Corn Hole boards. I wanted to purchase them in the past but they were selling for $100-$200 a board! If you aren’t familiar with them, you will be after this tutorial, but trust me, they are the perfect entertainment for a backyard BBQ. 100 percent kid and adult friendly, and they can also be used again for a tailgate party. When I realized how versatile they were, and how easy it would be to make my own, I was sold… DIY Corn Hole Boards here I come!

DIY Corn Hole Board | Learn how to make your own bean bag toss boards to play Corn Hole. This is a fun game for kids and adults, and it is a great activity for a bbq or summer party. | Includes measurements for regulation size corn hole and a free printable download with cornhole rules.

DIY Corn Hole Board

I am a huge crafter, and have always wanted to try some wood working crafts, however I was totally intimidated by power tools. Finally, I decided that it was time to face my fears, and buy a jigsaw, and build my Corn Hole boards. I found a fabulous deal on amazon for a black and decker jig saw for $35 (originally $90), so I thought that it must have been a sign from above.

Conquer your fear of power tools and buy a jigsaw. They are great for DIY projects!

With jigsaw in hand, I set out on my quest to build my Corn Holes! Below is my tutorial for building your very own corn holes, perfect for a cold beer and backyard BBQ party!

What You Need To Make Your Own Corn Hole Board Game

  • A power drill with various sizes of spade bits
  • A jigsaw (necessary because it cuts both circles and straight lines, which are needed for this project)
  • 2- 2×4 foot sheets of ¾ inch plywood (sold at Home Depot, already cut to this size)
  • 3- 2×4 studs at 8 feet length (these will be cut to 4 – 21” inch pieces, and 4 – 4 foot pieces, 4- 11” inch pieces – if you ask nicely a Home Depot employee might do this for you for free )
  • 4- 3/8 inch nuts
  • 4- 3/8 inch lock nuts
  • 8- 3/8 inch fender washers
  • A box of 3 inch screw

In Corn Hole you need two boards, one for you to throw the beanbags onto, and one for your opponent. So after you have completed one board, build the next one!

The first thing you must do is to cut your 2×4 studs into the 21 inch pieces and 4 foot pieces if you didn’t have that done at Home Depot. These will be the frame onto which you are going to attach the 2×4 sheets of plywood. Assemble your frame with the 21 inch pieces on the top and bottom, and use the 4 ft long 2x4s for the sides. Basically, you are building a rectangle.

Build a rectangle with your pieces of 2x4 and then attach your plywood on top. | DIY Corn Hole Board

Next, attach the 4 ft sheet of plywood to the frame. To do this use your drill and just screw right through the top of the sheet, down in the frame. I used a total of 8 screw to attach the top sheet, by screwing one centered along each short end, and three on the long ends.

Attach the legs to the bottom of your corn hole board.

Once you have your frame, and top board assembled it is time to cut a hole.

There are official rules and regulations for Corn Hole boards, especially regarding the size and placement of the hole. The hole is measured 12 inches from each side, and 9 inches from the top of the board, and be 6 inches wide. I did this, and put a dot directly in the center. Now it is time to draw the circle, I was ready to attempt to use my high school geometry skills to trace a circle, however I decided to raid the kitchen, and find a bowl with a 6 inch diameter rim. Luck was on my side, so I traced the top of the bowl, and used that to make my circles.

There are specific rules for the placement and size of the hole in your Corn Hole board if you want to play a regulation game.

Cutting the holes is probably the trickiest part of the whole project. You must use your drill to make a small hole in the center of the circle, so you can put the blade of your jigsaw in, and start cutting. Basically, you need an entry point for the jigsaw. You will cut straight up from the entry hole, and then begin to trace your circle you have drawn. When cutting the circle, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR JIGSAW SET ON CIRCULAR CUT. That is super important! Look at the different settings in the picture of mine.

Learn about the settings for your jig saw. Make sure it is set to circular when you make round holes.

Next step, to create the legs! The legs are the 11 inch long pieces of your 2 x4 studs. They should be cut to a 25 degree angle. I have to admit, I didn’t do this angle measuring accurately, I just eyeballed it, and it turned out perfectly fine. The edges of the legs need to be rounded so they can rotate and fold back up to the board. I traced a semi-circle on the edge, and then used my jigsaw (set to circular cut) to round them.

Round the corner of the legs and drill a hole.

Next measure to the center of the rounded end and drill a hole with your spade bit (we used a ½ inch spade bit). Repeat this process for all of your legs, so they are all rounded on one end, with a hole on the rounded end. The next step is to attach the legs. The legs will be attached 5 inches down from the top of the board, on the side. The top of the board is the end with the hole. Use your ½ inch drill bit to drill the holes, with your legs lined up!

Drill your holes to attach the legs to your Corn Hole board.

Next push your carriage bolt through, attach the fender washer, nut, and lock on the interior.


The washer helps to hold the carriage bolt in place.

Attach the legs of your corn hole board with a carriage bolt.

Presto! You are done with assembly, and now you are a wood working master!

Your DIY Corn Hole boards are almost complete.

I chose to stain my Corn Hole boards, because my next DIY project will be to paint some sort of an emblem on them. You can customize your Corn Hole boards any way you like. Wood staining is a messy, but easy process if you have never done it. I recommend wearing gloves, and having lots of soap ready for washing.

IF you stain your Corn Hole boards, make sure to apply a sealant.

I chose a Kona dark wood finish for my boards. To apply the stain, paint the board, and then quickly rub/wipe off the extra stain with a dry rag. It is kind of like a buffing circular movement. After you have stained your board, you should apply a clear outdoor waterproof sealant. I used a spray because of ease, but you could apply one by painting it on as well.

Make your own Corn Hole boards. This is a great game for a family bbq or for a tailgating party. Includes a free printable download with rules and tips for the game.

Lastly, don’t forget to make or buy 8 beanbags, and print out the rules for your guests! As I found out, this is quite the serious game, and the rules are very important!

Grab Your Free Corn Hole Rules Printable Here!

Beanbags are a must for Corn Hole.

You are now ready to play Corn Hole!

You are now ready to play Corn Hole!

Corn hole is a fun game to play with both kids and adults!

Congrats, and I hope you enjoy showing off your boards for years to come!

Want more lawn game fun? Check out our DIY Lawn Yahtzee Dice, and don’t forget to grab your free printable Yahtzee score card while you are there!

Make your own Lawn Yahtzee dice with this tutorial + a free, printable score card! You will be ready for summer fun with this easy DIY.

About Leah Leatherby

Hi! My name is Leah Leatherby. I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Textiles Marketing and Science. Since then, I have had four little ones – three boys and a girl. My life now consists of planning parties, baking cookies, and watching my kids. My husband has 75 first cousins alone, so we pretty much have an event every weekend! It keeps us busy, and lets me get my creative juices flowing.


  • Barbara Ann says:

    Where was this several weeks ago? We first played this game at our sons house in Florida. I made bags out of flag burlap and filled with un-popped corn. But after a few tosses the burlap frayed and the corn went all over. So we bought some. They just didn’t toss the same. I’m gonna re-sew them out of sturdy fabric. But my husband got lots of compliments for his work. We painted ours. I like your stained boards. Downloaded the rules. Where’s the fun in that, rules!
    Barbara Ann
    etsy.com / shop / barbaraannscreations

  • Hi, Leah! I love this corn-hole board project…what fun for summer parties!

    I’m commenting here because I wanted to let you know that your Donut Bar Bridal Shower post was featured at the #HomeMattersParty #38! We LOVED your post, and hope you will link up with us again. (comments on that post are closed or broken…)

    Have a great weekend!
    Lorelai & Kristen
    Home Matters Linky Party

  • Katie says:

    I might just have to make this for my husband for Father’s Day. He’d love it!

  • We played this game in Gatlinburg Tennessee and loved it! Sounds easy to do! We would love to have your post linked up at the Home Matters Party starts on Friday Morning! Hope to see you there!

  • Allie says:

    Love, love, love! I’m doing yard games during the cocktail hour at my wedding. Stealing your idea to frame the instructions.

  • Karen says:

    We love this game! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial at Something to Talk About!

  • I’ve been asking my husband to do us a Cornhole forever… guess what after seeing your tutorial – I’M totally going to do it! ha!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Cathy says:

    We love corn hole – it is a staple for our summer get togethers. Thank you for sharing your great tutorial with Share It One More Time. Cathy

  • Tammi Young says:

    I am in love with this project!! Lawn games are the best. Just purchased my first belt sander to go with my other tools. Now I’ll need to pick up a jig saw to make this great game. Thanks for the inspriation!