Bean Bag Toss Game

22 Jun
Bean Bag Toss Game

When I was a kid my grandparents had this game that we would play and play and play.  It was all handmade and I can remember trying to lug those boards around as a child.  The bags were made by my grandma and were made out of old jeans and had beans in them.  This was so much fun to play when we were kids.

I played this game 30 years ago before it was ever sold in stores.   I remember the first time I saw this game as a commercial item.  It was such a weird feeling to see this game I use to play as a child out and everyone playing it.  None the less – this game has become very popular.  We have not owned our own set – until now.

I decided it was time to get a set.  So I looked them up online and was surprised at how much they cost for a set.  Then I looked at how much they were to have them customized and that was even more expensive.  You see our house is a divided house – Cowboys and Bucs.  So to set that was custom made was going to cost a pretty penny.  So I decided to look into making my own set and this created a monster!  I am pretty sure my wife was ready to divorce me before she saw the finished project.

So I looked up the plans and set out to the Homo Depot.


Got all the parts I needed and started my new project in the garage.


I had a great helper.


My wife had a great view.


All the pieces cut.


The boards are together.


Measuring and making the hole.

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Time to prime the boards – I primed the entire boards and underside of the boards. IMG_20130605_103519_835 IMG_20130605_144632_350 IMG_20130605_144644_508 IMG_20130605_144651_915

We then decided on a design.

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Taping off and painting the white strip.

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Taping off and painting the bottom half of the boards.

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Top half of the boards were done the same way.  Here are the painted boards

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The decals go on.

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Polyurethane goes over the entire board to seal the decals and all the wood.

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So there you have it – our finished, custom made boards. I then ordered bean bags to match our boards.


I have requests to make two more sets.  LOL  Guess they turned out all right.


Posted by on June 22, 2013 in life


6 responses to “Bean Bag Toss Game

  1. Terry

    June 22, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Outstanding! These are better than store-bought 🙂

  2. KJ and the Kids

    June 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Handy Manny don’t you know crack kills !? 🙂
    Great idea. Love the finished product.

    • Two Moms

      June 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      LOL You know it does!!!!

  3. LoseItBig

    June 23, 2013 at 8:34 am

    All this time I thought plumbers showed the best crack. I love your boards. I have made a few of them except mine always look better…I am an Indianapolis Colts fan so, of course the horseshoe will always look better to me. Take care of your bags. A lot of store bought ones come with the “official” filling of field corn. That will break down over time giving the powder look when it hits. Those are prone to mildew if they get wet or rodents like to rip at them. I have made some with popcorn and they have held up much better than field corn. Beans would be good too….grandparents know this stuff way before we do.

    • Two Moms

      June 23, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      LOL Oh no not a colts fan. Boo! 🙂 My uncle has a set of bags with beads in it. He said they are nice and if they get dirty you just toss them in the washer. I might have to look into that. 🙂


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