Backyard Game DIY: A New Way to Play Cornhole

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DIY Cornhole Board and a New Way to Play

Here we have not only a cool DIY cornhole board tutorial, but we even have a fun new way to play this favorite summertime and tailgating game.

Liz Marie from the Liz Marie Blog came up with these new takes on cornhole for our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. Some of our favorite design bloggers are inventing clever ways to DIY outdoor games for summer fun for this series, and this is Liz’s contribution.

You’ll also love the photos of Liz’s lovely little brick courtyard attached to her one-hundred-year-old home. It’s a pretty nice place to toss bean bags, for sure. 

When I was asked by Home Depot to make a backyard game, my mind instantly came up with 1,456 ideas. I knew I had to narrow that number down, so I started to think of my husband and I and what we like to do when we hang out with friends. We are very laid back people who like to relax and have a chill evening with good food while we spend time with our favorites. I wanted our game to be fairly easy to play, and also have multiple ways to play it depending on what everyone was in the mood for.

So we invented this little game called Simon Says Cornhole that is a lovely little spinoff of the ever so popular game of cornhole.

DIY Cornhole Board and a New Way to Play

To put it simply, the Simon Says Cornhole board looks just like a regular cornhole board, but with three circles in each of six rows. Two of the circles in each row are painted and one it cut out.

Just like a regular cornhole board, you can customize your board to match your backyard decor, or if this a game for tailgating, paint it in the colors of your favorite sports team. Make it as basic or intricate as you please.

I’ll explain the rules of Simon Says Cornhole below.

But first, let’s build the board.

DIY Cornhole Board and a New Way to Play

 

DIY Cornhole Board and a New Way to Play

DIY Cornhole Board and a New Way to Play

 

Building the Cornhole Board

I used 24″ x 48″ x ¾” plywood for the face of the cornhole board.

I measured out the spacing for six rows of three circles. Each circle was 5 inches in diameter.

I then chose one circle in each row to cut into a 5″ hole. You can chose which ever circles you want to be hole in your Simon Says Cornhole board.

I added a border of 2″x 1″ boards to frame the bottom side of the board.

The feet on the back are cut at a 15-degree angle (ground side) at 11 ¼”  tall, making the highest point 12 inches tall in the back.

Paint the board to your liking using three different colors for the circles.

For the chips I mention in the game rules, simply use the circle cut-outs from the board and paint one for every color you used on the board. We also added a black chip for the holes and a white chip for a “wild card”.

DIY Cornhole Board and a New Way to Play DIY Cornhole Board and a New Way to Play DIY Cornhole Board and a New Way to Play DIY Cornhole Board and a New Way to Play

DIY Cornhole Board and a New Way to Play

DIY Cornhole Board and a New Way to Play

Simon Says Cornhole

Play is between two players or two teams of two players each.

First, choose who will be Simon. Place all the chips face down, and each player will alternate picking a chip until the black chip has been chosen. The player who chooses the black chip is Simon.

How to play:

Place all the chips face down. Simon chooses a chip. That chip’s color is the color that will be everyone’s target for the first round. For example, if Simon picks up a blue chip, then during that round it’s every player’s goal to hit a blue circle. The winner is the player with the most beanbags on the selected color. The winner of the round will draw the next color and throw first.

Players stand six feet from the cornhole board when tossing the bean bags.

Scoring:

The winning player of the round will receive 2 points if the opposing player failed to land on the chosen color and 1 point for beating out the opposing player by having more on the selected color. The first player to 11 wins the game, or the first team of two players to reach 21 is the winner.

DIY Cornhole Board and a New Way to Play
DIY Cornhole Board and a New Way to Play
DIY Cornhole Board and a New Way to Play

Our DIY game turned out to be a lot of fun and has already been played many times with friends, even the little kids like it! What I love about Simon says corn hole is how simple it was to build, how fun it is to play, and how good it makes our backyard look. I hope you try out our game, I promise you will not be disappointed!

Liz Marie of the Liz Marie Blog has an obsession with antiques, mason jars, and giving new life to old things. She lives with her husband and two children in North Carolina.

For more outdoor ideas, see other Outdoor Games Style Challenge articles here on The Home Depot Blog, and follow our Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest. Browse our Outdoor Recreation Department for everything you need for fun in the outdoors. 

Liz received a Home Depot gift card to complete her outdoor game DIY project. The ideas and opinions she expressed are her own.

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