50 Free & Simple DIY Cornhole Board Plans for Tailgating or Backyard Fun

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Cornhole toss is an easy and fun game for the whole family to play. This bean-bag toss game also makes an easy and exciting DIY project that you can do over the weekend.

Buying the things that you need to play cornhole should not cost much but making one always seems to be the better idea because you can give it a personalized touch.

Building cornhole boards might be an easy project, but you need some detailed plans and some decoration ideas to make them look appealing.

Whether you are planning to make the DIY cornhole boards for playing with your kids in the backyard or as a gift, here are some ideas to help you out with the construction.

If you like these free cornhole board plans, you may also like ones for building a sandbox, gaming table, go-kart, easel, wheelbarrow, and much more. 

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1. Simple Regulation Cornhole Set

Simple Regulation Cornhole Set

If you are building a DIY cornhole board for the first time these plans from the DIY Network will be handy. They provide a very comprehensive guide for making the boards, and it includes a cut list and a step by step guideline for building the different parts.

Since these cornhole plans are for a standard regulation set, the measurements are exact, and so you need to follow them keenly.

For the decoration, the DIY cornhole board maintains the typical triangle design, and you will only need to paint it yellow.

2. Easy-to-Build Cornhole Board With Scoreboard

Easy-to-Build Cornhole Board With Scoreboard

Although these cornhole boards also have the standard triangle design, the color combination makes them look very appealing. The yellow and blue colors combine to give it an imposing overall appearance.

This DIY cornhole plan from the Rogue Engineer also includes making a scoreboard which should also not be hard to build.

The materials that you need which include 2x4s and plywood are all listed for you. And the tutorial also provides lots of drawings with dimensions and pictures for all the stages of the construction.

3. DIY 2x4s and Plywood Cornhole Toss Set

DIY 2x4s and Plywood Cornhole Toss Set

Cornhole boards make a fun and easy project that also does not cost much to implement. These particular ones use some 2x4s and plywood and will only take a day to build.

The cost for this project will be between $75 and $100, and even if you include the coat of the cornhole toss bags, it should still be an inexpensive project for you.

Since these are also standard size cornhole boards, the only thing that sets them apart is the color design. And to achieve it you will need some vinyl stencil. Although these particular boards have a Nebraska Huskers design, you can use your favorite team colors.

4. Under $100 Foldable Cornhole Boards

DIY 2x4s and Plywood Cornhole Toss Set

Anyone with intermediate skills and about a day to spare can implement these DIY cornhole board plans.

The regulation-size board will cost under $100 to build. And the Lowes tutorial provides all the information you need to make them from the complete tools and materials lists to the step by step instructions.

For the decoration, you are free to use your favorite color combinations, and you do not need to go with the standard triangle design.

5. Inverse Arrow Patterned Cornhole Boards

Inverse Arrow Patterned Cornhole Boards

Since the dimensions and materials are always standard for most cornhole, the paint design and color choice are the best ways to personalize yours.

The inverse arrow pattern and the choice of two colors give these DIY cornhole boards by the Popular Mechanics an attractive overall look.

Making the board with these plans should also be quite straightforward because the article provides text tutorial and pictures for all the stages starting with preparing the material.

6. 10-Step DIY Cornhole Boards

10-Step DIY Cornhole Boards

You do not need a lot of skills to learn how to make cornhole boards as they are one of the most straightforward woodworking projects for a moderate DIYer.

These cornhole board plans divide the construction into 10 easy steps with both text and pictures. There is also a list of all the lumber, hardware and tools that you will need for this project.

Although the boards use the standard triangle color design, there are three colors instead of the usual two, and you can choose to have any of your favorite shades.

7. $100 Homemade and Personalized Cornhole Boards

$100 Homemade and Personalized Cornhole Boards

The level of personalization on these DIY cornhole boards makes them some of my favorites. And the best part is that you will spend only about $100 on the materials.

With the text and picture tutorial on this article to guide you, cutting and assembling the lumber to form your board should not be a problem.

And with your board ready the fun part is decorating them and for this, you can use any paint that you like. But, for these particular ones, the idea is to make them look like wall art and with some interesting quotes and phrases.

8. Dark Stained DIY Cornhole Boards

Dark Stained DIY Cornhole Boards

Personalizing your cornhole boards with your favorite team colors or any patterns that you like is always a good idea, but giving them some dark wood stain also works well.

These standard DIY cornhole boards use the usual 2x4s and plywood, but their dark wood stain finishing is what makes them stand out. Also, the staining protects the wood and makes your boards more durable.

The tutorial provides detailed step by step guidelines and pictures for making the boards from scratch and also for staining and applying the waterproof sealant.

9. Handmade Two-Color Design Cornhole Board

Handmade Two-Color Design Cornhole Board

Here is yet another easy to follow cornhole design and should only take a day to implement. It entails building some regulation size boards and painting them in a triangular pattern and two of your favorite colors.

And besides from the usual plywood and 2x4 lumbers you will also need some paint and a painters tape.

The pictures and text description on this HGTV tutorial will make the Cornhole boards straightforward to build and decorate.

10. Easy DIY Cornhole Game Set

Easy DIY Cornhole Game Set

This 6-step Instructables provides some simple instructions on how to make a cornhole game set with materials you might already have in the workshop.

The regulation size cornhole board will require you to use your regular woodworking tools and lumbers like 2x4s and plywood.

For the finish, you will need to start by sanding to give the boards a smooth surface. For the high gloss look, you can use various things including gym floor finish provided it gives you the appealing gloss.

11. Cheap 6-Hour Beanbag Toss Game

Cheap 6-Hour Beanbag Toss Game

Making cornhole boards is both cheap and quick, and so it is one of those projects that every DIYer should try. This particular one only takes 6 hours to make and on a budget or around $72.

Like with most other DIY cornhole board plans you only need to cut the boards and form the holes, frame your boards and attach the legs. The tutorial provides detailed instructions and some pictures to help you do all this.

Once you build the board, you can do get creative with the design. And one of the best and easiest designs to draw is the mascot of your favorite team.

12. Upcycled Old Pallet Cornhole Board

Upcycled Old Pallet Cornhole Board

A vintage-inspired cornhole game set like this one will be a perfect idea to liven up your backyard. And it is also a cheap and quick project to implement.

The cornhole board dimensions are standard for the game set, and so it will not take a lot of materials to build. It uses upcycled wood pallets, and so you will not spend any cash on the timber.

For the vintage look, you should use the dry brush painting technique and use some painter’s tape to give the board the white stripe.

13. The Cardboard Box DIY Cornhole Game Set

The Cardboard Box DIY Cornhole Game Set

Wood is always the best option for making cornhole boards, but cardboard box can also work well when you want something portable and quick to build.

This cheap DIY cornhole game should only take a few minutes to make, and most of the work goes into the decoration.

The decoration entails applying some colors that pop against each other in a triangular pattern and with a simple stripe. However, the color choice is all a matter of personal preference.

14. Easy All Blue Cornhole Boards

Easy All Blue Cornhole Boards

The striking all blue color is what stands out on these boards, and it proves that you do not always need to make complicated patterns or color combinations to create attractive cornhole boards.

If you want to make regulation boards, the dimensions should be 48x24 inches and this tutorial provides instructions on how to cut your plywood and 2x4 lumbers to achieve this size.

Although these boards look fantastic in an all blue shade, you can always use any color that you like but remember to remove any rough edges by sanding before you paint.

15. Simple Well-Painted Red DIY Cornhole Boards

Simple Well-Painted Red DIY Cornhole Boards

This project is all about decorating your cornhole boards to give them an attractive look. The entirely red paint looks fantastic, but you can still use any other of your favorite colors.

You will need to fill and sand your boards to give them a smooth surface before priming and painting them, but the tutorial provides the instructions on how to do all this.

Since the paint needs some time to dry this should be a one day project, but you might need an entire weekend if you also plan to build the boards from scratch.

16. Inexpensive Homemade Cornhole Game Set

Inexpensive Homemade Cornhole Game Set

If you are looking for an easy to make and entertaining party game, this DIY cornhole plan is for you. It is a simple project to implement, and you will not need any lumber.

This cornhole game set uses some foam boards and some large bowls. All a DIYer will need to do is cut out some holes in the boards and paint them.

For the decor, the project goes with some large letters and bright colors, but you can use any decor that you like. But, regardless of what you choose, some paint, markers, and tape will be handy.

17. Football Themed DIY Cornhole Boards

Football Themed DIY Cornhole Boards

For all football lovers out there here is a project that you can do over the weekend while waiting for the game. Also, the cornhole game set can keep you busy during the offseason.

Making these boards is just straightforward since The Happier Homemaker tutorial provides detailed guidelines and some photos to help you out.

The decoration is the most impressive part of this project, and it is also quite easy. Once you stain the board, you will only need to introduce some all around stripes around the outer edges and a logo or letter representing your favorite team.

If you do not know how to make cornhole games, you can always buy a premade board and decorate them to get this appealing look.

18. Handpainted DIY Cornhole Boards

Handpainted DIY Cornhole Boards

You might spend many hours building your DIY cornhole board, but if you do not give them an attractive finish, they will not look great.

This Hobby Lark tutorial is all about painting the boards to give them an impressive overall appearance. The article provides a detailed guide to everything you need to do for your cornhole boards to get the attractive design.

For this project, you will only need some primer, painters tape, Minwax and some paint. And so it should also be quite inexpensive.

19. Simple White Homemade Cornhole Boards

Simple White Homemade Cornhole Boards

If you are not sure how to decorate your board, you can always give them a white coat and add the designs later.

This DIY tutorial provides an easy to follow guide with pictures to help you build some simple cornhole boards and paint them white.

If you already have some white paint at home, you will only need to buy some 2x4s, a sheet of OSB, some screws and a couple of bolts with nuts.

20. Herringbone Patterned Cornhole Boards

Herringbone Patterned Cornhole Boards

Since the cornhole board dimensions are always the same, the construction process is almost the same. For these boards, you will need pressure treated 2x4s and plywood, deck screws, putty, primer and paints for your herringbone design.

The herringbone pattern always seems to spice up any wooden project and so your boards will not be an exception. And you can create the design in just a few hours.

Most of the work goes into measuring and taping the boards before painting, but with the pictures and text tutorial on this article, this should be a simple process.

21. 2x3 DIY Cornhole Boards

2x3 DIY Cornhole Boards

Plywood and 2x4s are always the materials of choice when making cornhole boards, but they are not the only option because this project proves that 2x3s can also work well.

And besides, from the 2x3s you will also need 1x6 boards some hinges and dark walnut stain. Building the cornhole boards should be a straightforward process with the step by step instructions and pictures to guide you.

Staining is what gives the boards their appealing look, but it should also not be a laborious process. And once you do it you only need to apply some polyurethane to finish your boards.

22. Stars and Stripes Homemade Cornhole Boards

Stars and Stripes Homemade Cornhole Boards

Once you build you two cornhole boards, the next important step is always to decorate them to create an attractive look. And the ideas for doing this are endless.

These DIY cornhole boards from A Wonderful Thought have some unique decorations that entail giving one of the boards some stripes and the other some stars.

The tutorial also provides a few other ideas for decorating the boards and a comprehensive guide for building them with 2x3 studs that also includes the material and tools lists.

23. Baseball Themed DIY Cornhole Boards

Baseball Themed DIY Cornhole Boards

I just love how easy cornhole board plans are easy to implement. They are one of those projects that I must try out because I am sure I can build them in one day or just a few hours.

Making cornhole boards like these is quite straightforward, and you will need either plywood or MDF and just one 8-foot piece of 2x4. But the fun part is decorating them.

The baseball-themed decoration uses Milwaukee Brewers' retro logo and stripes, but you can always change this to your favorite team. And the few things that you will need to create the design and paint the boards are provided on a list.

24. Quick and Easy-to-Build Cornhole Boards

Quick and Easy-to-Build Cornhole Boards

This DIY Joy cornhole tutorial is one of the most detailed as it gives instructions on how to make everything that you need for the game including the bags.

With the 2x4 and plywood and your regular woodworking tools, you can make this cornhole game in just a few hours.

For the decoration, you only need to add a striped edge and a triangle with a letter or symbol representing your favorite team and finish by sealing with polyurethane. The tutorial provides some easy to follow instructions on how to do all this.

25. Easy Homemade Cornhole with Hand Painted Art

Easy Homemade Cornhole with Hand Painted Art

Here is a simple DIY cornhole project from Ana White for any DIYer with some hand painting skills.

This plan will cost anywhere between $50 and $100 to implement. And although Ana does not give the usual step by step instructions the few pictures of the finished project should provide enough inspiration.

For the artwork theme, you can draw your favorite team's mascot or any other exciting image.

26. ZigZag Design DIY Cornhole Boards

ZigZag Design DIY Cornhole Boards

You do not always need any 2x4 or 2x3 studs for your cornhole boards because the supporting base is not necessary. These particular ones use plywood for both the top surface and backboard.

This article provides some tools and material list to get you started, but most of the work will go into creating the zigzag design.

You will need some stencil to create the design, painter tape, and some paints. And with the pictures and brief descriptions in this article to guide you, the cornhole board design will be easy to replicate.

27. Custom Collegiate Cornhole Boards

Custom Collegiate Cornhole Boards

Custom decals make it easy to decorate your cornhole boards and the best part about them is that you can get them in any design that you want. For instance, the ones one these cornhole boards combine the logo of a football team with that of a band.

There is nothing much to do when transferring the decals but you will have to wait for a few weeks for the sealer and stain to cure.

And apart from the instructions on how to add the decor, this tutorial also provides a guide on how to make your boards from 2x4s and plywood.

28. Under $50 DIY Cornhole Game Set

Under $50 DIY Cornhole Game Set

Knowing how to make a cornhole game will save you some cash while also providing an attractive all year-rounded activity for the entire family.

These cornholes boards will only take a few hours to build and a budget of between $40 and $50 which is way cheaper than buying readymade ones.

The cornhole boards use MDF or 1/2-inch plywood board and some 1x3 pine. For the decoration, a fun triangle design with your favorite team colors and stripes will work just fine.

29. Simple Silhouette Cornhole Boards

Simple Silhouette Cornhole Boards

There are endless designs that you can use to decorate your cornhole boards, but the silhouette is one of the easiest and inexpensive ones.

For this design, you can use both light and dark backgrounds, and the tutorial provides some instructions on how to use either to give your game boards a fantastic look.

Some of the materials that you will need for the project are painters tape, paint in the colors that you prefer and a Xacto Knife.

30. Plain and Natural Looking Cornhole Boards

Plain and Natural Looking Cornhole Boards

Sometimes the natural look of the wood is enough to give your cornhole boards an impressive look. For this One Green Planet DIY cornhole tutorial, you will not need to do any painting.

The article provides a detailed description of how to build the board with enough information on all the materials and tools that you need.

Since you do not need to do any decoration or painting, this project should only take a few hours to complete.

31. Black and White Decal DIY Cornhole Boards

Black and White Decal DIY Cornhole Boards

This tutorial focuses more on decorating an unfinished cornhole board, and there is no tutorial for building one. But this should not be a problem because cornhole boards are pretty straightforward to make.

The decor uses black and white patterns to give the boards a striking look that will stand out in your backyard. And you can use either decal or paint to transfer the designs to your boards.

There is some step by step instructions for creating the patterns, and it should only take a few hours at most to finish.

32. 4-Hour DIY Cornhole Game Set

4-Hour DIY Cornhole Game Set

It takes about 4 hours to build this fantastic cornhole game set, and this includes the painting and time that the paints take to dry.

The color design is simple but still very impressive, and it entails forming a series of triangles and painting each in a different shade. This pattern is straightforward to achieve with some painters tape.

For the colors, you can choose any of your favorite ones, but it is always a good idea to use some bright ones that pop out against each other.

33. Portable Homemade Cornhole Boards

Portable Homemade Cornhole Boards

These DIY cornhole plans are for a portable game set that includes some handles for easy carrying and handling. And the bottom section of the cornhole also includes tic tac toe board.

This project will take at least one weekend to complete because the paint will require enough time to dry. But, the decoration is still easy to figure out.

There are some beautiful red and white stripes on the bottom section of the board which create a very appealing pattern and a triangle on the upper parts. With some painters tape and the right paints, this decor design should be easy to implement.

34. Star Wars-Themed DIY Cornhole

Star Wars-Themed DIY Cornhole

Anything with a Star Wars theme will always look amazing, and it is a perfect gift for anyone that loves the movies.

This Crafted Workshop article provides a video and text tutorial on how to build the cornhole board and paint them with the Star Wars theme.

Painting the board is quite easy as you only need to start with a layer of black paint to form the background and then using tape to paint the other colors and design. The tutorial provides some step by step text instructions and some pictures of everything you need to do.

35. Wedding Logo Cornhole Game Set

Wedding Logo Cornhole Game Set

This Borrowed and Blue article does not provide instructions on how to make a cornhole game but rather how to paint one to suit a wedding theme.

For this project, you can build the board or buy some premade ones and paint them. All you will need to do is to sketch the wedding logo and spice it up with some colorful flowers.

The white background is easy to achieve with one or a couple of coats of paint, but you can have any other color that you like.

36. Repurposed Cabinet Door Cornhole Boards

Repurposed Cabinet Door Cornhole Boards

Repurposing always makes a project more exciting and cheaper to build. For these cornhole boards, it is all about putting some cabinet doors to good use.

With a couple of cabinet doors and some 1x3 pine board for the base, you can form a simple DIY cornhole game in a few hours. But, the most exciting part is still the decor.

The decoration starts by painting a white background before using the silhouette method to transfer the image and lettering to the board.

37. Cheap Pallet DIY Cornhole Set

Cheap Pallet DIY Cornhole Set

There are countless things that you can build with old wood pallets, and now you can add DIY cornhole boards to the list.

You will only need to cut the pallets to the right size and cover them with some plywood at the top and moldings on the sides before drilling the holes. And the article provides a picture tutorial with brief text description on how to do this.

As for the decoration, there is nothing much to do apart from filling the gaps with putty and painting the boards all white.

38. Stencil Customized DIY Cornhole Boards

Stencil Customized DIY Cornhole Boards

You can add a fun and stylish twist to your cornhole boards using a stencil and without spending a lot of cash doing it.

This project uses some tile stencil to give the boards two different patterns. And besides, from the tile stencil and paints, you will also need some painters tape to line everything up.

With the video and picture tutorials on this Cutting Edge Stencils tutorial to guide you, this DIY cornhole game project should only take a few hours to implement.

39. The $35 Simple DIY Cornhole Game

The $35 Simple DIY Cornhole Game

You will spend between $30 and $35 on the materials that you need to make this DIY cornhole game set. These materials include a couple of 1x4s, 1/2-inch plywood, 8-foot long 2x4 and a few other things that the tutorial highlights in the shopping list.

Making the cornhole boards is a quick and easy project because you only need to follow the picture and text tutorial.

The decoration entails giving the boards a simple triangle effect using painters tape and painting them in your favorite team colors before sealing with two coats of semi-gloss polyurethane.

40. Striped Aqua Cornhole Boards

Striped Aqua Cornhole Boards

Although this tutorial focuses more on making the regulation cornhole bags, it will still inspire you to decorate your boards.

The boards have a unique and very appealing design that entails painting them with an aqua color and a couple of stripes.

Since the design is simple, you will only need some painters tape to create the stripes and the outline on the edges.

41. Easy Star and Stripes DIY Cornhole Boards

Easy Star and Stripes DIY Cornhole Boards

Here is another cornhole decor design that uses the stars and stripes pattern to create some adorable bean toss boards that you will enjoy using.

Transferring these patterns to your cornhole boards is very easy, and you will not need any paint because they use the masking technique.

All you need to do is to put the vinyl stars and use painters tape for the stripes on the boards before staining them.

42. Recessed Homemade Cornhole Game Set

Recessed Homemade Cornhole Game Set

Although this tutorial provides detailed steps for making the cornhole board with oak plywood and pine 2x4s the football-themed decor is still the most fun part of the project.

The decoration starts with the staining which uses a dark walnut stain. And once you stain the boards you can now transfer your favorite team’s logo.

The article provides some ideas for transferring the logos, but there are still many other ways of doing it.

43. $150 Football Themed Cornhole Boards

$150 Football Themed Cornhole Boards

DIY cornhole boards are one of the best ways to show your fascination with football or love for the sport. And this is the reason why many will have a football theme.

Whether you like the professional or university leagues, you can give these boards a decor that represents your team. And if you follow this tutorial you will spend about $150 for the materials and tools.

The Handmade with Ashley tutorial provides detailed instructions for making the boards from scratch and guidelines on how to give them a base coat and use a stencil to transfer the logo.

44. University Themed DIY Cornhole Game

University Themed DIY Cornhole Game

University-themed cornhole games are becoming very popular, and they seem to make an excellent graduation gift for family and friends. But you can also make one to show some loyalty to your current or former university.

For this DIY cornhole tutorial, you will only need to build the regulation size boards and paint them, and there are some easy to follow instructions to guide you.

You will need some vinyl and silhouette machine to add the university logo to your cornhole boards, but you can also use one of the many other techniques.

45. Simple Two-Tone and College Logo Cornhole Toss

Simple Two-Tone and College Logo Cornhole Toss

The color choice and the two-tone design gives this cornhole toss an impressive look. It is also a college-themed cornhole game set that includes a logo, but you can always use any colors that you like to create similar boards.

There is some step by step directions on the article on how to do everything from filling and applying primer to painting the boards and so this should be a simple project to replicate.

It should take about one-weekend to build and decorate the boards

46. Flooring Panel DIY Cornhole Boards

Flooring Panel DIY Cornhole Boards

Flooring panels can also make some fantastic cornhole boards. And if they also come in different colors they will eliminate the need to paint or decorate your boards as they look attractive enough.

Heritage Mill provides some step by step photos with brief text descriptions and dimensions to help you convert the flooring panels into a beautiful cornhole game set.

If you have some leftover flooring panels, this will be an inexpensive project for you.

47. Game of Thrones Themed Cornhole Game

Game of Thrones Themed Cornhole Game

You can take your fascination with Game of Thrones to your backyard with these fantastic cornhole game boards.

They are standard regulation board, and so you should not have any difficulties making them provided you follow the guidelines and pictures.

For the Game of Thrones design, you should start by painting the boards white before transferring the decals. The tutorial provides a link with detailed instructions on how to apply these stickers.

48. Simple Cornhole Board with Decorative Black Stripe

Simple Cornhole Board with Decorative Black Stripe

The appearance of your DIY cornhole board is as important as getting the dimensions and materials right. And if you are looking for something simple but with an appealing look, you should try this project by the Bower Power Blog.

The article provides a picture tutorial for building regulation size boards using plywood and 2x4s, but you will also need two bolts with nuts and washers.

For the decor, you only need to give your boards a simple black strip on the edges and add your favorite team’s logo.

49. Red and Blue Star Spangled Cornhole Boards

Red and Blue Star Spangled Cornhole Boards

Some bright stars provide a simple way to spice up your cornhole boards. This project uses some red and blue vinyl stars to give the cornhole boards an imposing overall design.

This DIY cornhole board project provides an easy way to decorate without having to do a lot of painting, and it will also be easy to alter the design in future.

These boards are also standard regulation size, but the tutorial still provides instructions on how to build them.

50. DIY Custom Design Cornhole Boards

DIY Custom Design Cornhole Boards

Even if you do not know how to make a cornhole board, you can always get a cheap one and customize it.

This DIY cornhole plan uses a vinyl decal to transfer the images to the boards. And you will also need other things like white primer paint, spray paint and painters tape but the tutorial provides a comprehensive shopping list.

These cornhole boards also include some LED lighting, but the tutorial provides some detailed guidelines on how to install them.

If you are a DIYer that is still trying to learn how to build cornhole boards, now you have 50 different ideas for making and decorating them.

Pick one that you like and try it over the weekend and also remember to drop us a comment to tell us how it goes or provide any additional cornhole board ideas you might have.

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