Legend—or at least the history section on the website cornholegame.org—has it that the toss game currently all over Pinterest owes its popularity to the Midwest, but lots of local couples have been having a good time with it, too. “I wanted some games to lighten the mood and get people talking; my fiancé thought they might be childish, but it ended up working really well,” says Lauren Rollins of the cornhole matches enjoyed by all at her charmingly folksy July 8, 2013, reception at the historic Pomeroy Farm near Mount St. Helens.

Rollins had mentioned to her grandfather, a cabinetmaker, that she might like to include the all-American pastime at her reception, and soon thereafter he showed up with expertly crafted game boards—in her wedding palette, no less. Similarly, the bride’s mom took initiative and surprised her with some handmade beanbags to complete the set. You might need to go out and actively recruit your own amusement provisions committee, but the Tacoma newlywed’s family was kind enough to pass along their assembly instructions to help you get things started.


Toss it Together

Sherry Ancil Moret, the mother of the bride, chose heavyweight cotton fabric to withstand lots of handling, and cut it into 5½-inch squares. A quarter yard of fabric will be enough for two bags, so a yard should be enough for a full set of eight bags. Ancil Moret made ½-inch seams around three sides and left 2 inches open on the fourth, used a funnel to fill each sack with uncooked rice (though any dried beans or corn kernels would do), and then hand-stitched the opening.  

Starting with a standard 4-by-8-foot sheet of ¾-inch exterior plywood, Paul Ancil cut two 2-by-4-foot sections and two 2-foot-by-4-inch pieces. Using a pencil compass, he drew and cut 6-inch-diameter holes in the larger pieces (6 inches from the top and centered horizontally), and placed the smaller sections at the head of the larger ones to create the slope. He then cut two 4-feet-by-4-inch pieces, measured diagonally from one corner to the other, and cut to finish the sides.  

Photographs by Angela and Evan Photography