How to Build Your Own Corn Toss Game


Corn Toss, also known as Corn Hole, is an outside game similar to horseshoes. It's played with four players, two on each team, and the players toss bean bags at a wooden board with a hole cut in it to try to earn points. The game, normally played at picnics and outdoor functions, has grown in popularity over the years and many people are making their own corn toss sets. The sets aren't extremely difficult to make and many people succeed at making professional looking sets at home.

Things You'll Need

  • (2) pieces of plywood measuring 24 by 48 inches
  • String 3 inches long
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw
  • (6) 21 1/2- inch one-by-threes
  • (4) 47-inch one-by-threes
  • Drill
  • (48) 1 5/8-inch wood screws
  • (4) 12-inch one-by-threes
  • (2) 19 1/2-inch one-by-threes
  • Wood filler
  • (16) seven-by-seven squares of duck cloth
  • Sewing machine
  • 16 cups hard corn

Game Board

  • Measure in 6 inches from the top of the 24-by-48-inch board and 1 foot from both sides and mark with a pencil. The 24-inch side will be the top.

  • Place the string on the mark and extend it outward. Follow the string to draw a full circle around the mark.

  • Cut the circle out using a jigsaw. Repeat Steps 1 to 3 on the other 24-by-48-inch board.

Making a Frame for the Game Board

  • Make a frame to attach to the back of the 24-by-48-inch boards. Lay the one-inch side of the 21 1/2-inch one-by-three on a hard flat surface. Place one of the 47-inch one-by-threes butted up against the end of the 21 1/2-inch one-by-three, so that the 47-inch one-by-three is on the outside. Attach by drilling in two 1 5/8-inch screws.

  • Using the same process, attach the other 21 1/2-inch one-by-three to the other end of the 47-inch one-by-three. This also needs to be flush to the inside of the 47-inch one by three.

  • Repeat the process again to attaching another 47-inch one-by-three to the outside of the two 21 1/2-inch one-by-threes also on the outside. This will create a rectangular frame.

  • Take a third 21 1/2-inch one-by-three and secure it, with four 1 5/8-inch screws, across the middle of the frame to create a brace.

  • Attach the 24-by-48-inch game board to the frame. Start by centering the board on top of the frame. This leaves a half-inch overlap at the top and bottom of the frame, and a quarter-inch overlap on the sides. Then use the drill to attach using the 1 5/8-inch screws. To ensure the board is secure, use four screws on each side and three screws on both the top and the bottom of the board. Once the screws are in place, fill the holes with wood filler to create a smooth surface. Make sure to fill the hole entirely so that it is level with the wood. Repeat Steps 1 to 5 for the second board.

Attaching Legs

  • Attach the legs to the game board using the drill and wood screws. First, cut one side of all of the 12-inch one-by-threes at a 45 degree angle, so once they are attached to the board they will be flat to the ground, holding the board up at an incline.

  • Attach the straight end of the leg at a 90-degree angle at the top side of the frame, just on the inside of the rectangle. The one-inch side of the leg should be parallel with the top of the game board.

  • Attach another 12-inch one-by-three to the other inside top corner of the frame at a 90-degree angle.

  • Once the legs are secure, center a 19 1/2-inch one-by-three between the two legs and attach with wood screws to create a brace. Repeat this process for the other board.

Making the Bean Bags

  • Place two squares of duck cloth together so that the outside part of the cloths are touching. Then measure one inch from the top of the top fabric and sew around the entire square, leaving an opening so the hard corn can be placed in the bag.

  • Turn the bag inside out and fill with 2 cups of hard corn. Then sew the hole shut.

  • Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to make eight bean bags.

Tips & Warnings

  • While painting the corn toss sets is optional, many people choose to use colors from their favorite sport teams.

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