I’m so excited to kick this week off! Today is day one of a week-long 4th of July blogging series. I’ve got a fun DIY project, delicious recipes and an easy, inexpensive table scape all centered around entertaining for the 4th.
Since the 4th of July is only two short weeks away, lets start with the project that will require the most time. Drum roll please . . . DIY stars and stripes corn hole boards.
We could have done basic red and white stripes with blue and white stars, but then that wouldn’t be us now would it! My husband and I are extremely patriotic. We love the U.S.A and the culture that comes with it. So why not bring some of the patriotism to our corn hole boards. We’ve wanted to build boards for a couple of years now but have been procrastinating. Our family has many sets between everyone, so we haven’t really been hurting for a set. Every time I tried to think of ideas of the 4th, this project kept coming to mind. So here we go!
We went by the instructions that the DIY Network provided for a regulation corn hole set. You can find those instructions here. Feel free to use whatever plans you may already have. You can find building plans for these all over the internet.
We spent just under $65 not including stain. Once we got them built, I applied a coat of Dark Walnut stain.
Once the walnut stain was dry, I applied a coat of weathered grey. I immediately wiped the weathered grey stain off after applying.
I let the stain dry over night and then prepped for the stars and stripes.
I used tape as my guide for the stripes. I made each of my stripes just under 5″ wide. I started with the center and applied two coats of an off-white exterior paint that I had on hand. Once all the stripes are painted and have dried, lightly sand to create a worn/distressed look if desired.
I printed a star at 6″ tall from Word on my computer and traced it onto a stencil sheet that I purchased. You can find these sheets on the amazon link above. I then used scissors to cut out the center of the star.
I taped the stencil down starting in the very center of the board. Work your way out from there. You don’t have to be terribly worried about the edges. All paint that ran underneath came off when we sanded them.
Apply your polyurethane and once it’s cured your boards are finished!
We ordered our bags Amazon. The link to those is below. They’re great quality and they have all different colors to choose from. After ordering, we had them within just a couple of days and we were ready to play!
I’m thrilled with how they turned out! They’re exactly the worn out, vintage look we were going for. I just love how they feel so lived in… just like a good pair of jeans, if that applies here. Yeah, I think it does 🙂 Charlie sure approves of them so it looks like they’re a success! This was a fairly quick project. The boards themselves took less than a day to build. The staining and painting process took just a few hours spread out over a couple of days. So, don’t worry. You’ve got time to make your set before it’s party time!
We can’t wait to break ours in over the July holiday! Is anyone else planning on playing a little corn hole too??
Be sure to come back each day this week for more awesome July 4th party ideas and tips and have a great week friends!