DIY: Cornhole

by Kristina Domitrovich

This game day must-have is stylish and functional. Stash it on the deck for a quick game at home, or bring it to your next tailgate. 


Materials:
A set of wooden cornhole boards (48 x 24 inches)
Yardstick
Pencil
Painter’s tape
4 wood stains for the gradient*
4 brushes

* We used Minwax Wood Finish Penetrating Stain in the following colors, from lightest to darkest: Natural, Fruit Wood, Early American and Jacobean.


Directions:

1. Use the yardstick and pencil to mark 12-inch increments along the vertical sides of each cornhole board. Using the yardstick and pencil, draw a light, straight vertical line across the board, dividing each board into four sections. Be sure these lines are straight.

2. Apply the painters’ tape to the penciled lines to portion off the first (top) and third (second-to-last on the bottom) sections of each board. Press to ensure adhesion.

3. Apply a thin coat of the Natural stain to the first section, and a thin coat of Early American stain to the third section. (Tip: Start in the center of each section, then work out toward the tape; only work in the direction of the grain, so the stain will not bleed through the tape to the other sections). Dry for 10 minutes, then apply another thin coat to each section. Dry for another 10 minutes, then remove the tape. Let dry for at least three hours.

4. Once the other two sections have dried, repeat step 2 to the second and fourth sections of each board.

5. Repeat step 3, applying a thin coat of Fruit Wood stain to the second section, and Jacobean stain to the fourth section.

6. Dry for seven hours before moving the boards; dry for at least two days before playing cornhole.

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