DIY PROJECT :: Making a Set of Cornhole Boards

Cornhole is STILL the Craze

Right after video games, cornhole has become the game of choice for kids (and parents t0o).  We see tons of them every weekend at the lake.  Campers bring along their family, food, their pets, AND their cherished corn hole games.

Making Corn Hole Boards

 A Great FAMILY Project

Making cornhole boards is a great project for you and the kids.  Even the youngest ones can help in some way.  Just BE SAFE!  Keep power tools unplugged when not in use and out of the reach of small children at ALL times.  We want this to be a fun project — not a trip to the ER. :-)

About a year ago, Nate and I made a set of cornhole boards.  You can see one of them in the photo below.  (And as a personal side note:  Wow, doesn’t the backyard lawn look nice and green?!?!)

Okay, on with the story. :-)

Several members of our family are IU (Indiana University) fans.  So…as home-grown Hoosiers, we opted for the old Cream and Crimson design.

Our boards turned out great.  For first-timers, this project went very well — from beginning to end.  Let me just say:  good instructions make ALL the difference.

Let’s get started!

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Patriotic Mini-Windsock

Mini Windsock Supplies

As I promised in this post, I am going to show you how I made my Patriotic Mini-Windsock.

With just a few standard supplied, I came up with a red-white-and-blue craft for Memorial Day.

First:  paint a bathroom tissue tube blue.

Cut one strip of construction or scrapbook paper (white) 1″ wide  x 6-1/2 inches long.

Cut one strip of construction or scrapbook paper (red) 1″ wide x 6-1/2 inches long.

Glue each strip around the tube as shown in the photo.  Hold the paper to the tube for a few seconds to be sure it stays where you want it.



Mini Windsock Step 2


Cut red and white strips about 1/2″ wide by 8 inches long.  Glue to the inside of the tube.

Punch two holes near the top of the tube.

Feed the ribbon into the hole and tie a knot in each end.

There!  You’re ready to hang your windsock!


Finished windsock

Get Ready to Craft! Memorial Day Projects on the Way!



In preparation of Memorial Day (May 27), we’re gearing up for some quick and easy craft projects.

My son Matt is going to be helping out with craft projects this summer.  Once school is out, he’s going to be my official “assistant”.  He’ll be helping with online research, gathering craft supplies, taking photos, etc.  It’s going to be a fun summer!

To kick off the summer season, we’re going to feature three projects:

  • Pretend binoculars (for the little ones)
  • Mini-windsocks (for kids of all ages)
  • Patriotic fabric coasters (for the older kids and grown-ups)

We wanted to give you a heads up so you can gather your supplies. :-)


Interested in making a pair of kiddie binoculars?  Then start saving up your empty cardboard bathroom-tissue tubes.  You’ll need two to make a pair of binocs; and one for each mini-windsock.


  • Two toilet-tissue tubes
  • About 4-5 Popsicle sticks (or craft sticks — the small ones)
  • All-purpose glue
  • Craft paint in your favorite color
  • Paper punch
  • String, ribbon or yarn (about 24″ long)


Fly your American Spirit with these sweet little windsocks.


  • One toilet-tissue tube
  • Assorted patriotic themed scrapbook papers (scraps of paper will work fine for this project)
  • Craft paint (optional)
  • Scrapbook stickers (stars would be great for this project!)
  • All purpose craft glue
  • Paper punch
  • String, ribbon, or yarn (one piece that measures about 20″ long)


Show off your patriotism (and your sewing skills) with a set of coasters (like these):

Set of Four Coasters

Fabric Coasters:

If you’re up for an easy sewing project, then sort through your fabric stash (or make a quick trip to your favorite fabric store or Walmart)  and pick up the following:

  • 1/4 yard of your choice of some awesome red-white-and-blue print fabric (cotton please)
  • 1/4 yard of a coordinating cotton fabric (for the backside of the coaster) [Hint:  red, white or blue!]
  • 1/4 yard of basic, white  cotton flannel
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Iron + ironing board
  • Cutting board, rotary cutter (or scissors)
  • Chopstick or other similar blunt-end tool


Pick a project (or two or three) and gather up your supplies.

Complete instructions will be posted next week.

geranium in pot


Now…your only other assignment:  Have a fantastic weekend!


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