Bean Bag Toss Game Building Instructions


Corn toss, or cornhole as it is known in Kentucky, is a game similar to horseshoes that is usually played outdoors with bean bags. The game consists of two platforms with a hole in the top center of each one. Players stand on either side of their opponent's platform and pitch bean bags to their platform beside their opponent, trying to get the bean bag in the hole. The first person to 21 points wins the game; tossing the bag into the hole earns 3 points while landing on the board earns 1.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 sheets of plywood, 24-by-48-by-1/2-inches
  • 4 boards, 2-by-4-inches by 8 feet in length
  • 8 carriage bolts, 4-inch, with washers and wing nuts
  • 16 nails, 3-inch
  • 28 drywall screws
  • 1 quart of paint
  • 18 cups of whole kernel feed
  • 16 squares of duck cloth, 7-by-7-inch
  • Circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill with drill bits and Phillips-head bit
  • Hammer
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Funnel
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil


  • Measure to find the center of the short edge on each of the two 24-by-48-inch pieces of plywood. From the center of one of the short edges, measure down 9 inches and make a dot with the pencil. From the dot, measure out 3 inches in all directions to make a circle that is 6 inches across.

  • Cut the circles out with a jigsaw, and use the sandpaper to smooth the edges.

  • Use the pencil to outline the design for your platform. Then, use the paintbrush to paint the platform and allow it to dry.

  • Measure to find the 4-foot mark on two of the 2-by-4 boards. Cut the boards with the circular saw.

  • Use the tape measure to mark every 21 inches on a 2-by-4. Cut the board with the circular saw.

  • Use the tape measure to mark every 12 inches on the last 2-by-4 and cut the board with the circular saw.

  • Place one 2-by-4-by-4 standing on its narrow side and butt one 2-by-4-by-21 piece against it. Attach with two nails. Attach another 2-by-4-by-4 to the other side of the 2-by-4-by-21 using two nails. Attach another 2-by-4-by-21 piece to the bottom of the 2-by-4-by-4 boards using two nails in each corner. Repeat to create two frames.

  • Attach the plywood sheets to the frames using drywall screws. Lay the sheet on the frame and check for flush at each corner. Then, use the drill to put one screw into the top right side of the sheet making sure the screw is below the top of the sheet when all the way in. Move to the opposite corner and place another screw. Continue until all the corners are secure. Then, space the rest of the screws evenly around the perimeter of the sheet. Repeat to create two platforms with holes in the top center.

  • Use the tape measure to lift the top edge of the platform to 13 1/2 inches. Place something under the platform to keep it at this height. Place one of the 12-inch boards (this will be the leg) beside the platform on the outside. Mark the 2-by-4 two inches from the top of the platform, toward the top edge of the 2-by-4. Then repeat on the other side. Mark all four boards where it matches on the platform and lift the other platform to mark it also.

  • Drill both the board and the side of the platform to fit a carriage bolt. Place the leg inside the frame of the platform and match up the holes. Thread the washer on the carriage bolt and the carriage bolt through both pieces from the leg out. Tighten the wing nut on the bolt.

  • Loosen the bolt and fold the leg flat against the inside of the platform to make sure it doesn’t catch and can fold flat. Remove the wing nut and pull the bolt out.

  • Use the leg that has been drilled as a template to place dots on the other legs. Drill through the dots on the platforms and on the remaining three legs.

  • Attach each leg to the inside of the platform using the carriage bolts, leaving the wing nuts on the outside to tighten when playing and loosen for storage.

Corn Bags

  • Lay two pieces of duck cloth flat on top of one another with the right sides facing each other.

  • Thread the needle and stitch three and a half sides of the cloth together.

  • Turn the bag right side out and use a funnel to load the bags with corn kernels.

  • Stitch the bag closed then tie a knot in the thread. Trim the excess with scissors. Repeat to make as many bags as you desire.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the legs do not fold without hitting the underside of the platform, use the jigsaw to round the corners.

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