Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cornhole

I love that my hubby is handy, and that I am crafty.  Not knocking people who would purchase this from the store, but we were able to build "bags" for a fraction of the retail price and love the durability!

We got the measurements from here, but added our own touch with the stenciling and stain.

Materials:
  • 1/2 inch plywood, 24" x 48" pieces (2)
  • 2 x 4 x 11-1/2" (4)
  • 1-5/8" screws
  • 4" x 1/2" Carriage Bolts (4)
  • Wing Nuts
  • Washers
  • Wood Stain (Minwax Golden Oak)
  • Polyurethane
  • Paint (I used whatever I had leftover from old projects)
  • Stencil(s) (purchased from Michaels Craft Store)
  • Application sponge
  • Paint brush

The hubby worked his magic and constructed them.  The above site we used for the materials, also has step by step directions on putting them together.  Then I worked my magic with paint, stencils and stain.

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I had no rhyme or reason to where I placed the stencil, I just kept at it until I felt it was done.

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Then once the paint was dry (which was dry by the time I was done stenciling the second board), I applied the stain.  This step is best done with a paint brush, I found that a clothe and sponge did not apply the stain all that well.

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I was worried when I was stenciling the yellow flowers, I thought the color was too light, but it turned out awesome!

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I opted to NOT fill the screw holes...this is an outdoor game, and frankly I liked the look of it, plus it saved me a boat load of time filling and sanding them.

While I was applying the stain I would work on a section, then wipe off any extra with a towel.  Worked perfect!  I applied two coats of stain on the boards.  I noticed with two coats, it gave the stencil a more distressed look.    I am obsessed with it though and love how it turned out!

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I love how they turned out.  Once I was done staining, (we did the front and back of the boards), we polyurethaned them with a floor polyurethane that we had from this project.

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I could have saved some more money by making the bags myself....Sewing is not my forte, so I opted to buy them from Sports Authority.

Funny thing we worked our butts off to finish this before the hubby's 30th birthday....got it done, and we didn't end up using them.  Go figure, but at least we have them for other parties!

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