Custom Cornhole Boards DIY

August 15, 2017

custom cornhole board diy

College football season is just around the corner, and today I have the perfect DIY tutorial just in time for all of the tailgating festivities with these customized cornhole boards.

These aren’t just any cornhole boards…we managed to personalize our set with the addition of a custom-made decal. The design is a combination of our favorite football team (the Tennessee Vols) along with one of  our favorite bands (the Grateful Dead). Regardless of who your favorite team is, you can customize your board to your liking!  Lucky for you,  I am sharing how to today with the step-by-step tutorial below.

custom cornhole board diy

(***Don’t mind the bean-bag dust on the board, that is not permanent. You can simply wipe off the board after you are finished playing***).

With the way the past week has gone, I am pretty surprised I was able to get a blog post together for ya’ll. Between my three-year-old busting his eyebrow (you can see in the picture above) and having to go to the ER, and my sweet, little one-year-old giving us a medical scare (turns out he just has an innocent heart murmur), I have had my fair share of doctor’s visits. Thank the Lord for tequila- that’s really all I have to say about this whole parenting thing.

But, enough of my pity-party. Let’s move on to the custom cornhole board tutorial.

diy custom cornhole boards

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how to make a custom cornhole board

Custom Collegiate Cornhole Board Materials

note: this makes 2 boards

custom cornhole set tutorial
Step 1: Cut 2 of the 2x4x8’s in half (to make 4,  4 ft sections). Also, cut 4,  21” sections. (this is for 2 boards)

custom cornhole board tutorial

Step 2: Build box frame. Screw through ends of 4ft piece into face of 21” piece. Hold the 2×4’s in place using clamps.

diy cornhole board set
Step 3: On plywood, measure 12” across and 9” down. This will mark the drill hole. (we used a pencil to mark).

Step 4: Drill hole using hole saw to drill.

diy cornhole board with college team
Step 5: Attach plywood to frame using 18 gauge brad nails.

Step 6: Attach legs (use 12” 2×4) using 3” deck screws

Step 7: Measure 12” from top of plywood down the leg to mark.
how to make a custom cornhole board

Step 8: Make horizontal cut on leg at mark.

Step 9: Sand the board lightly to prep for stain. Clean off dust.

Step 10: Apply stain (I used this one) and I had to apply about 2-3 coats.

Step 11: Once stain had dried, apply about 3 coats of  weather-proof sealer (I used this one).
diy grateful dead cornhole board
Step 12: As recommended by the decal manufacturer (here is where we got ours) , we waited 3 weeks for the stain and sealer to cure before we applied the custom decals. We thoroughly followed the directions of applying the decal.

how to make a custom cornhole board
Voila! Your custom cornhole set is complete just in time for tailgating parties and football season!
diy custom cornhole boards

Although I cannot play worth a damn, I certainly have a blast trying. Not to mention, my little three-year-old daredevil loves to play as well.

Now get out there and design some good vibes!
diy grateful dead tn vol cornhole set

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4 Comments
    1. Love it!! Great idea with the decals too! They look sweet! Cornhole+Tequila=Weekend vibes!!

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