DIY corn hole boards
We love corn hole!
Corn hole is one of my husband and I’s favorite pass times. We love to play on a nice day when we can get outside without a mile long to do list. Years ago we purchased a cheap set of boards. I have been looking on Pinterest dreaming of adorable corn hole boards ever since! My sister got a set when she was in college that my dad made and painted with her college mascot and colors. Debating on how cost efficient building a set would be vs buying one, I had yet to get a nice set of my own.
Well, my dad surprised me with some last year shortly after we bought our house. He gave them to me completely raw so I could do whatever I wanted to them. Yay! They stayed in the garage untouched for a while with all the house projects and baby stuff going on.
I was indecisive about my design.
I was contemplating on how I wanted to design them for a while. The main thing I was hung up on was the color. I’m very indecisive and didn’t want to pick something I may hate in a few months. I knew I wanted something with our initials or last name. The deadline I set to get them done as our wedding weekend, with the date fast approaching.
I finally got to work.
Since I couldn’t pick a color I decided to stain them and use white paint for the design. I put 2 coats of stain on before I painted the design. If you haven’t worked with stain before, you can always start slightly lighter than you think and add another coat to get the color you want. This was the reason I added a second coat.
I wanted to do a vine design to wrap around our initials so I used an old barrel to make perfect half circle shapes, then free handed the leaves. To give it more of a carved-in-a-tree look, I free handed initials in the middle. To do “est.” and our wedding date I used stencils I had at the house. I used some white killz primer we still had at the house(just incase anyone was wonder what type of paint I used).
I put one coat of semi-gloss polyurethane on them(I didn’t want them shiny just smooth enough to play on). Do not skip your polyurethane on corn hole boards! This is a must for your bags to be able to slide. When I did, my white paint yellowed slightly. I’m not sure if the stain wasn’t 100% dry or the tint came from the polyurethane itself. It took the sharp look of the white paint away and gave it an aged look.
What do you think?
The boards turned out way better than I expected! My sister had already given us corn hole bags for Christmas. They went out in the yard for everyone to enjoy at the reception! If you want to make your own corn hole boards I say, go for it! I hope this quick walk through of what I did can give you a little insight. This DIY project was a huge success! We can’t wait to enjoy them this summer!
Make sure you check out more about out our small budget backyard wedding that I made these for.