Rainy Day DIY: The Cutest Cornhole Game

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Not every summer day is cloudless and clear — from showers to T-storms, rainy weather can literally dampen your plans and your mood. If a drizzly day has you feeling some FOMO about all the summer fun you had planned, don’t get down. Get DIY-ing! On our last rainy day in Pittsburgh, we brought the fun indoors by whipping up a super-simple cornhole game that’s perfect for the break room, living room, or any room with a reliable roof. Best of all, this green DIY stars one of our most unsung products — a ModCloth shipping box! Check out the tutorial, and let us know how you stay cheery on rainy summer days in the comments.

Materials

Sturdy, rectangular cardboard box (ours is 12″ x 10″ x 5″)
Scissors
Ruler
Cup or glass to trace
Tape
Tea bags
Magazine pages
Marker or pen

Step 1

Flip your box so the opening is facing up. Pick a corner, then make a mark about 1/5 of the way down the corner. Measure how far down your mark is, then halve that measurement. Measure that halved distance on the corner across from yours (at the other edge of the long side), and make a mark. Use a ruler to connect the two points, then cut along that line. This’ll give your hole a little slope.

If you’re using a ModCloth box like ours, here’s a shortcut — find the long side that says “The moment you’ve…” on it, then cut along the top of that banner, from corner to corner. Voila!

Rainy Day DIY: The Cutest Cornhole Game

Step 2

Do the same measure and cut process on the other side of the box, making sure that the low and high measurements line up with what’s on the other side (otherwise the game will teeter, not slope!). Or, take a shortcut, and use the piece you cut from the opposite side as a stencil.

Rainy Day DIY: The Cutest Cornhole Game

Step 3

Cut the short ends of the box, so that they align with the cuts you’ve made. Use a ruler to draw a guideline, first, so you make sure your cut will be level.

Rainy Day DIY: The Cutest Cornhole Game

Step 4

Using the line between the bottom flaps of your box as a guide, trace a circle a little over an inch from one end of the box. This will be the cornhole hole. We traced the opening of a cup to make a hole that’s about 4 inches wide.

Rainy Day DIY: The Cutest Cornhole Game

Step 5

Fold back or cut off any remaining box flaps, and tape off any rough edges. For a true cornhole set, repeat the process on a second box, so you’ve got a pair. To make “bean bags”, we cut four identical hearts out of magazine pages, then sandwiched two tea bags between each set of hearts. Then, we sealed the edges to make cute (and very fragrant) little bags! You can also get fancy (and why wouldn’t you?) by decoupaging or just taping pretty paper patterns to your boxes.

Rainy Day DIY: The Cutest Cornhole Game

Ready to play? Set your boxes across the room from one another, then take turns with pals tossing bean bags. Keep score based on what misses the box (0 points), lands on or touching the box (1 point), or lands in the hole (3 points). Remember, if another player (or another one of your bags) knocks a bag into the hole, you get 3 points, too! Traditionally, cornhole is played until one team reaches 21 points. But feel free to make up your own rules — or keep playing until the rain stops!

+ How do you beat the rainy day blues?

 

About Anna

Anna's the kind of don't-take-yourself-too-seriously gal who can spend an evening at Monday Night Raw and then turn around and write about nail designs and glitter with just as much sincere, unadulterated delight. She's a firm believer in cats' ability to see ghosts, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the fact that if she wishes enough, she'll never have to iron again.

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