Custom Cornhole Board Tips

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Now that you’re hooked on playing Cornhole with your friends and family, have you purchased or made your own Cornhole boards yet?

And have you thought about how to decorate your boards? No, of course, you don’t need to decorate them at all, but why not? Add a little character, personality and flair to your game.

We’ve seen lots of pictures submitted by Cornhole game lovers who have decorated their boards in some most unique ways.

Probably the most common Cornhole board decorations are in support of a favorite sports team or alma mater. If you’re not good at freehand drawing, you can cut out color logos from sporting event programs, print out logos from the internet, or purchase decals or posters from sports stores.

And be sure to purchase or make your Cornhole “bean” bags in coordinating team colors!

Other decorating options include designs that incorporate the actual cornhole into it. Some like to try to hide the cornhole within the design in an effort to make the game a bit more difficult. Others like to highlight the cornhole so it stands out and is perhaps a bit easier to play. It depends on personal preference, what age range will be playing the game most often, and your creativity.

If you don’t want to decorate with a sports theme, consider something from your favorite hobby, an interesting design, fun photos from the internet, or even print out photos of your family or favorite vacation spot. Or how about using pressed flowers or colored autumn leaves?

Once you have your decals, photos, or other items secured to the board, use a coat or three of clear varnish or polyurethane to protect your items and to even out the playing surface of the board.

When it comes to painting straight lines on your Cornhole boards, we have a couple suggestions. If you have a long straightedge, of course that will work. But if you don’t have a good supply of tools and gadgets, get some masking tape or painter’s tape to make your straight edge and to mask off the other section while you paint. Once you paint one color, let it dry, then retape a new straight edge – and mask – over the first painted color so you get a crisp line when you paint the second color.

If you’re going to make circles, you can trace around round objects in your home like glasses, coffee cans, wastebaskets (if they’re round, of course) and other assorted sized round-based objects. Or, you can make your own circles of your own specific diameter. First, get a length of string half the diameter of the circle you want. Tie a nail or pen or pencil to one end and another pen or pencil to the other end. One end (the end with the nail if you used that) you will hold in the middle of the circle you’re going to draw. The other end you will drag around in a circle, making the outline you will later paint around. Basically, it’s a home-made compass.

Now, if you’re not all that good at painting around the curved lines of a circle without going outside the lines, you can also make a template from cardboard or even a manila envelope or folder. Then simply tape the template down while you paint inside your circular opening. (Note that spray paint might work better to get your clean edges rather than using a paintbrush.)

The bottom line is to have fun making your Cornhole boards unique and personal so that you have even more fun playing the game. And if your designs give you a home court advantage, so much the better!

Dave Roth runs SC Cornhole games, a website devoted to the game of Bean Bags. The site offers cornhole bags, sets, and directions for building your own tailgate style set.