Occasionally I have really brilliant ideas. (stress on the word occasionally) And though I already know they are brilliant, they tend to take a bit of convincing to get William on board. The building of our Cornhole set was no different.
Momentary pause because I have been told as of late that PacNWestern folk are not familiar with Cornhole (aka Baggo, Corn Bag Toss). I want no accusation that this is a crazy Southern game, even though it is, because it is legit. It has its own Wikipedia page!
I have always loved Cornhole. We played during college on game days and they are wonderful memories for me. It’s the little things, you know. Throwing a bean bag at a hole. Doesn’t get much better than that. I found this site that had step-by-step instructions (amazing by the way) for making a Cornhole set and I decided that it was nothing that we couldn’t do! After we got the project underway, which involved me convincing William we needed this for our backyard, it was a pretty simple process. Like anything William and I undertake, our creative minds clashed from time to time, but we were both SO pleased with the way these turned out.
Mr. Fancy Pants hard at work!
The first few steps were to sand, stand, and tape off our design. I will say that I and I alone did the amazing tape job. Pat me on the back!
They are exactly what I wanted. Old school backyard game feel–very vintage varsity. LOVE THEM! I thought I’d share our building process via photos. Our new favorite is to pack them up and take them to Laurelhurst Park for games. There is SO much more space and we always pick up a few extra players who want to join in.
Going to be totally honest. I did not make these. Didn’t really even consider it. There are so many people who sell them for VERY reasonable prices on Etsy. I purchased mine from this lady who is selling to help her children pay off their college loans!
Painting progress after one evening.
And the design is revealed! Tape came off wonderfully (thanks to me) and all we had left was William’s hand painted type!
Just drying away in the shed…
TA-DA! A finished product! Above is our inaugural game. I lost. 24-18. It was probably the intimidating type! I think I was playing on the ‘Nice Try Sucker!’ board…It gets in your head if you don’t watch out!
**Note: The Bryant’s added a rule to the traditional Cornhole game which you should know if you ever come play with us. We have our amazing friend Ryan to thank for this one. If you make a ‘swish’ into the Cornhole, we’ll give you 5 points rather than the traditional 3 points…because let’s be honest, while I’m aiming to become the next Cornhole Champion, William is just using this as another way to try and impersonate his childhood hero. So for that, we have to honor MJ. Michael Jordan, not Jackson. Though I’m not sure either of them play(ed) Cornhole.