PokemonGoHole

Who would’ve thought that Pokémon would, or could, take the world by storm again? I was there when it all began, fighting with my brother about who got to play the old Pokémon Red versus newer Pokémon Yellow.   Pokémon was the first anime I’d ever watched. I collected the cards and made sure to keep my 1st editions in plastic sleeves. But never in a million years did I think that I could actually become a Pokémon trainer.

That is until Pokémon GO was finally released.

If you haven’t been on the Internet lately, you probably don’t know what Pokémon GO is because everyone is losing their minds over it. But if you’ve seen people walking around glued to their phones and randomly stopping or even congregating in groups they’re probably playing Pokémon GO. It’s only been out for about a week but it’s already breaking records (and bank accounts) because everyone wants to be the very best.

There’s one drawback. The app drains your phone battery. It drains your phone battery so fast. So what happens when your battery is dead but you still got to catch ‘em all? We actually sat down to brainstorm a way to pass the time while you wait for your phone to recharge.

What other game can you challenge your friends to IRL? What other game is based on precisely hitting a target in order to win? We finally realized how similar Pokémon was to a classic summer game: Cornhole.

Sure, you might already have a set and you could already be whipping it out. However, we decided to DIY our own set for the office. And we decided to make it Pokémon-themed to help us get our Pokémon GO fix even though our phones were dead.

So watch the videos or follow the steps below to make your very own Pokémon Cornhole set that’s perfect for parties, BBQs and tailgates this summer. And if you need a refresh on the rules and regs, the Americna Cornhole Association’s is the authority on all things corn hole.

Materials

  • 2- 48″ x 24″ 1/2″ plywood rectangles
  • 2- 24″ x 12″ 1/2″ plywood rectangles
  • 4- hinges + enough 3/8″ wood screws
  • Tape Measure/Yard Stick
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Printed Pokémon
  • Scotch Tape
  • White Spray Paint- 3 cans
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Clear Matte Sealant Spray- 1 can
  • 4 Red + 4 Blue Cornhole Bags
  • White Fabric Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Black Permanent Marker

Making the Pokémon Decals

Pokemon Print Outs

Choose your Pokémon in advance and print them out to fit the width of the board, less than 24″ wide.

Use the tiling feature in your print settings to print on regular printer paper.

 

Paper Pokemon Bulbasaur

Cut out and tape your Pokémon together. Tape them on the back side of the paper so it will not be visible when complete.

Making the Game Board

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You will need to cut 6″ holes into your cornhole boards with a jigsaw. The center of the hole should be 9″ from the top of the board and 12″ from the sides.

Draw on your circle.

Drill a hole inside each of the circles and cut them out with the jigsaw.

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Paint all of the wood pieces with the white spray paint.

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When the paint is dry screw the hinges to the the long edge of the 24″ x 12″ rectangles 1″ from the side edge.

On the back side of the game board, measure 1″ from the top and mark a line across.

hinge

Line up the 24″ x 12″ board with the line and screw the pieces together.

Lay out your Pokémon on your game board to decide on placement.

Use spray adhesive on the back side of the Pokémon and on the area of the board where the Pokémon will be applied.

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Carefully lay the Pokémon down and smooth it out.

Cover the entire game board with the spray Sealant until the surface is smooth.

Making the Pokéballs

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To prepare the pokéballs for painting measure halfway across each bag.

Tape all the way around the bag with the painter’s tape.

Paint half of each bag, front and back, with the white fabric paint.

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After the paint on the bean bag dries, remove the tape. Paint a small half circle onto the unpainted side  of the bean bag to create the button.

Use a permanent marker to draw a black line around the bean bag along the white paint and around the button.

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Now your have everything you need to catch ’em all!

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No matter if you’re Team Mystic, Instinct or Valor, everyone will have fun “catching Pokémon” with this cornhole set. If you’re battling it out this summer, we want to see your boards and which Pokemon you’ve chosen! Share pictures or videos of you playing Pokémon cornhole to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Happy training, everyone.

DIY Pokemon Cornhole Guide

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