For my daughter, Ella’s, 2nd Birthday, I wanted to hold the entire party outdoors to enjoy the recent beautiful weather we have been experiencing in Austin. The theme was an Ice Cream Party and I’m a bit guilty of going all out on the details (in a super attainable way, in my opinion)… but that’s the way I like to throw parties! During my Pinterest research, I saw a super cute bean bag toss, pictured below, and decided I had to make it! I couldn’t find instructions on how to make one, so I improvised!
Photo Cred: HRJ Events
However, I had a couple of concerns:
1. How in the world do I drill a circle into wood?
2. I lack artistic skills… so I knew I needed to enlist a little help.
I realized there was some resemblance to a cornhole and people make those quite often, so I looked up a “how to” and loosely followed the instructions.
The standard cornhole is 2ft wide by 4ft tall. I went into Home Depot and found a piece of plywood (4ft wide by 8ft tall) and requested they cut it into 4 equal pieces, that would leave me room for error while cutting the holes!
I ordered on Amazon an attachment for my husband’s electric drill, the Acrux7 Cornhole Board Hole Saw Blade, pictured below, and it was actually super easy to use!
My husband did the dirty work… a.k.a. the hole drilling. I made it fool proof by tracing the circles on the board where I wanted them cut. I decided the first hole should be centered 4″ from the top. Second would be 6″ below the bottom of the first circle & the third hole would follow suit.
Doesn’t he look handsome???
Anyway, once the 3 holes were drilled, I asked one of my oldest, most talented friends for help! My token artist girlfriend, Ali. She freehanded the entire design… I couldn’t believe it! We decided it would be best to have a hole for each scoop, design-wise, and Ali just went for it! We used acrylic paint I picked up from Michaels in colors that matched the party theme colors.
Lastly, in order to weather proof the board a little better, I sprayed some Shellac I found here on Amazon.
Here’s the final product! I bought the bean bags here.
Hope this is helpful & you feel inspired to make one for your next shindig!