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10 Easy DIY Backyard Games


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Cornhole
You may not realize that cornhole is incredibly popular -- as evidenced by this celebrity tournament in Nashville, Tenn. © Erika Goldring/Getty Images
You may not realize that cornhole is incredibly popular -- as evidenced by this celebrity tournament in Nashville, Tenn. © Erika Goldring/Getty Images

Cornhole, also called Corn Toss, is a backyard game that's a great addition to barbeques or any summer get-together; it's a casual beanbag-toss game, where small beanbags are thrown at a raised, rectangular wooden board with a hole in it. For a good game, find a comfortable stance, relax and put a flat spin on the bag when you throw it.

To set up your own game of backyard cornhole you could buy a set with a platform and bags, or build your own set. If you want to tackle your own cornhole game platform construction, you'll need a rectangle made from half-inch plywood and measuring 4 feet (1.2 meters) by 2 feet (0.6 meters). Place the front of the platform on 2.5- to 4-inch (6.4- to 10.2-centimeter) risers; the back of the platform should also be elevated, but on 12-inch (30.5-centimeter) risers. Bags should be 6-inch (15.2-centimeter) squares [source: McGilvray].