Miss Mink’s Crafty Side Takes Over

For years, I was convinced that I wasn’t crafty despite the fact that I love painting. Liking something and actually thinking you do it well are two different things! So, while I enjoyed DIY projects around the house, I didn’t think I was doing anything all that great.

Until wedding planning started. I realized that I love wedding projects and I’m pretty happy with how they turn out. Hooray!

Of course, up until now, my projects were fairly small…some moss letters, boutonnières for my ring bearers, table numbers, and some partially DIYed hangers. There was one big project in the back of my mind and I decided to tackle it over the holidays. Corn hole boards.

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Image from Style Me Pretty / Photo by Shyla Photography

I first saw corn hole boards when visiting friends in Ohio back in 2004. They were wild about the lawn game.

They even traveled with their boards, taking them to Cincinnati Bengals’ games so they could play in the parking lot while tailgating. Their pictures from football games showed that scores of people did the same. I had never seen corn hole in Boston, but when I moved to Virginia, I saw it a few more times.

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Image from United with Love / Photo by Documentary Associates

I decided that I was going to DIY a set of boards about a month into our engagement. There are lots of people selling unfinished boards online, but most seemed a bit flaky. After a few failed attempts at making plans with Craigslist sellers, I found a local guy with a website called Corn Chucker selling well made corn hole boards. I emailed him and I had my boards a few hours later.

Sidenote: Just a couple days later, his wife was behind me in line at that J. Crew sale where I bought my bridesmaids’ dresses for $30. Small world!!!

I put the boards away for a while and decided that I would start working on them when I had a few days off over the holidays. After priming the boards and painting a base coat of light blue paint, I cobbled together a design by using parts of a free download I found on the Wedding Chicks website and adding a few flowers that I liked from another wedding related item we have (the source is a secret for now). Then I used a borrowed LCD projector to help me get the design onto the boards. I projected the images and then traced them with pencil.

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Photo by Miss Mink

It took forever and I had to paint over mistakes a few times, but I eventually had my design sketched out on the boards.

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Photo by Miss Mink

Then came the back-breaking job of painting the flowers. I used teeny, tiny paint brushes and acrylic paints from the craft store for this. I probably spent about $10 on supplies. It took about five days of painting before I was reasonably satisfied with the flowers. I alternated between sitting on the floor with the boards upright and leaning over them while they were laying on the dining table with blankets under them.

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Moving on to the banner and lettering, I realized that there was far less wiggle room on the design. If you happen to make a flower petal a bit longer than expected, that’s no big deal. If you make the third letter in a word longer than expected, that looks a bit odd. At this point, I started working in small bursts.

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I was constantly asking Mr. Mink if things looked okay. We’ve all had the experience of being “too close” to their work and not seeing a mistake until a fresh set of eye pointed it out. He took a few pictures so I could see things from a different perspective.

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Photo by Mr. Mink

With going back to work a day or two away, I make a final push to get the boards done. I also knew that I wanted to put a coat of polyurethane on the boards and the freakishly warm weather we were having made that possible. If the temperature dropped, I probably couldn’t put the poly coat on.

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So here’s the finished project. Mr. Mink pitched the idea of a bridesmaids vs. groomsmen match and I think our wedding party digs the idea.

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It’s kind of neat to see my color scheme on tangible items now instead of just seeing them as swatches. I might add a little yellow to the boards before I coat them so they tie in a little better with the fabric I’m using for other projects, like our table numbers.

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You might have seen a hint at my next project in one of the earlier pictures…I’m hoping to make signs for our chairs that go along with the rest of the decor.

I know some people might think this was a crazy amount of work to do for a corn hole set, but I’m pretty proud of myself for this one! I also imagine us having these boards for years to come, pulling them out at barbecues and parties after we’re married.

Did anyone else buy or make something for their wedding with the thought that they’d use it long after the big day is over?

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Mrs. Mink

Location:
Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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    MeganTacky2247 922 posts, Busy bee @ 2:19 pm

    HOLY STINKIN CRAP!!!!!! Those are amazing!!!!!!!! Like breathtaking amazing!!! :D

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    futuremrscpt 955 posts, Busy bee @ 2:24 pm

    Wow, those look great Miss Mink! You have a lot of patience!

    And I think it’s awesome you’re having corn hole at your wedding :-)

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    hisbahamamama 994 posts, Busy bee @ 2:44 pm

    Your talented with both the computer and the paintbrush! I can imagine how difficult that was to do but it look gorgeous and I’m so proud of you too! I love wedding items that can be used after the wedding. PS I think that would make a pretty cover for your wedding programs too!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:51 pm

    These are the prettiest corn hole boards I have EVER seen. Gorgeous. Wonderful job Miss Mink!

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    boaconstrictor 349 posts, Helper bee @ 2:53 pm

    Beautiful! But could someone explain what a corn hole is? I had never seen one before.

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    Mrs.KMM 13171 posts, Honey Beekeeper @ 2:56 pm

    These are awesome! I’ve always wanted to own a really nice set of cornhole boards as DH and I both love to play! I’m quite impressed!

    What boards did you buy from the site you listed? Maybe if I feel creative, I’ll try to make DH and I some.

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    M'Shonta, Guest @ 3:01 pm

    Miss Mink,

    I love your DIY projects! How Awesome!

    Could you please email me information on how to be added to the JCrew warehouse sale list?

    I live in Alabama, however, I travel to Virginia and North Carolina frequently with my job!

    I can’t wait to see the remainder of your projects!

    I recently got engaged and I feel so behind! You are so inspirable!

    Thanks!

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:05 pm

    These are so pretty! I am totally impressed!

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    elk 320 posts, Helper bee @ 3:15 pm

    These are on my to do list! But mine will most definitely NOT be as awesome as yours. They are Ah Ma Zing!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:15 pm

    @MeganTacky2247: Aw, thanks!

    @futureMrsCPT: Our venue also has a crochet set, so I think we might have a few activities going!

    @hisbahamamama: Thanks! I didn’t even think of using the entire design for the programs. I’m going to tuck that idea away!

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    Mrs.Mittens 2427 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:21 pm

    Just. WOW! I’m in awe! Everything looks really fantastic!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:21 pm

    @Mrs. Pony: Thank you so much, Pony!

    @Miss Boa Constrictor: Ah! I didn’t know what it was either until I visited those friends in Ohio.

    Corn Hole is a lawn game played with two wooden boards and bean bags. Here is a video of some students playing corn hole with some text that explains how to play: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzCgCywSEaI

    Here are some professional football players playing in their locker room: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWvg-yiIc9I

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:26 pm

    Wow, those are gorgeous and I love that game!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:30 pm

    @FutureKMM: I bought the plain, unprimed boards because I have plenty of primer around the house from my home projects.

    @M’Shonta: No problem! I’ll email you soon. They have a sale coming up in Richmond starting tomorrow and going through the 22nd. I posted about it on the boards in the Richmond sub-forum. :)

    @Mrs. Hyena: Aw, thank you so much!

    @Miss Elk: If I didn’t have access to an LCD projector, I think mine would have been very, very simple. Being able to trace the design was so helpful!

    @mittens111211: Thank you so much!

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    Katie98 152 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:36 pm

    What a great idea! I LOVE it!!!!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:52 pm

    @Mrs. Trail Mix: I haven’t played in forever, but I remember having so much fun playing it in Ohio. I’m so excited that we’ll have a set of boards in our future home!

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:55 pm

    The design looks really good, you did an amazing job with them. I love how cohesive the look and colors of all your projects.

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:19 pm

    @Katie98: Thanks, Katie!

    @Coffee cup: Thanks so much, Coffee!!!

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    bunting 687 posts, Busy bee @ 4:22 pm

    Well done, Miss Mink! Those came out absolutely adorable!

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    sugarpea 4920 posts, Honey bee @ 4:22 pm

    These are amazing! If I saw these at a wedding I would be so excited and would definitely notice the effort and details put into this project (:

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:35 pm

    I have never seen anything like this before, and I am officially in love! I want to come hang out with you and have a tournament. They are amazing!

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:51 pm

    I keep imagining your grand kids playig this years from now, so cute.

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:00 pm

    @Mrs. Bunting: Thanks, Mrs. B!

    @sugarpea: Thank you so much, sugarpea!

    @Mrs. Parasol: Get over here! :)

    @Coffee cup: I really hope we’re using them for years to come.

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    Vegas, Guest @ 5:32 pm

    Those are great! Here in Chicago, we call it simply “Bags” and there is no tailgating event, BBQ, outside party, etc without it! I often wonder what other areas of the country do while tailgating, lol.

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:33 pm

    @Vegas: Hee hee! In Boston, we played frisbee sometimes in the lot, but most of the time, we walked around and talked. I don’t remember having games while tailgating!

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:43 pm

    These are the most beautiful set of corn hole boards I have ever seen! Gorgeous! I applaud you for all of that hard work – so worth it! And I love that you call it corn hole! I’ve always called it that but the Chicagoland folks call it Bags.

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:52 pm

    @Mrs. Sunhat: Thanks, MRS. Sunhat (first time calling you a Mrs!). I never knew the game had another name! Corn hole sounds so much nicer than just plain ol’ bags. :)

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    macarons 241 posts, Helper bee @ 6:14 pm

    So pretty! I really love the look you’re going for.

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    nightcheese 1827 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:18 pm

    wow, you could make a killing painting and selling those! awesome job

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:33 pm

    @Mrs. Macarons: Thank you, thank you!

    @September29: Oh my gosh, I’m not sure I’m creative enough to design them for other people! It’d be fun to make one for a few friends, I guess!

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    penguin 3472 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:27 pm

    AhhhhhhMAZINGGGGG!!! You are so talented Miss Mink!!! I would love to go to a rehearsal or wedding with fun lawn games!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:00 pm

    @Mrs. Penguin: Aw, thank you so much, Pengy!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:38 pm

    Those are soooo freaking cute. And you’ll use them a lot if y’all stay in Virginia :)

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    dominodeer 88 posts, Worker bee @ 9:22 pm

    OMG this is so amazing! My boyfriend/fiance is from Sandusky, and the first time I went there, I didnt get the game but now that i do, i love it! We even played it the night his brother (my FBIL) got married and some of his friends even made some just for fun.

    This would be a great idea to have during the reception. You did a great job, cant wait to share this idea with my fiance. Maybe we’ll have one for our Ohio reception too :)

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    xlittlemissbridex 532 posts, Busy bee @ 10:51 pm

    They look AMAZING! I’ve never seen such pretty corn hold boards! ;) Where did you borrow the projector from? I’ve been looking for one for our reception to use to project a picture slideshow and I was trying to find out if you can check them out from a local library or somewhere else?

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    xlittlemissbridex 532 posts, Busy bee @ 10:59 pm

    corn hole* boards!

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:44 am

    *bows down*
    These are phenomenal, Miss M. The floral design, the colors – it’s all kinds of amazing. Bravo!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:32 am

    @Future Army Wife: I hope so!

    @dominodeer: I already showed the boards to my Ohio friends and they were all really positive about them. I feel so honored to have the approval of some Ohioans. The game is so popular there that I wonder if it’s where people started playing.

    @xlittlemissbridex: I know a tech guy who let me borrow it. There are AV companies that rent them out, but I have a feeling they’re expensive.

    @Mrs. Ostrich: Thank you so much!

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    stripes 1063 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:31 am

    Love the design! (and the execution of course). Beautiful work! :)

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    spinningstars 264 posts, Helper bee @ 11:12 am

    Oh, my gosh, your wedding items look so wonderful together. Those are the best cornhole boards I’ve ever seen, and as a Virginian, I see a lot of cornhole :)

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    petitfour 695 posts, Busy bee @ 1:40 pm

    Great job Miss Mink!!! They look amazing!

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    coyote 1613 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:52 pm

    Wow Mink… Those are great! You are so talented!

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    peachplum09 732 posts, Busy bee @ 3:31 pm

    Those look so flippin’ fantastic!

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:16 am

    I actually had considered doing a similar project! I can’t believe how fantastic they turned out! It must have taken some kind of patience to paint such detail.

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    abby, Guest @ 11:10 am

    I love your color scheme, and plan on stealing it :) I’ve been kind of all over the place with mine, knowing that royal blue would be my main color and when anyone asked what the accent colors would be, I’d just say “wildflowers.” This is perfect!

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    happyface 5777 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:11 pm

    QUOTE: “pulling them out at barbecues and parties after we’re married.”
    How about if you’re mad at each other, great way to vent! LOL

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    Lily 27s+Health+Pad, Guest @ 6:47 pm

    Painting those boards must’ve taken a LOT of patience, but oh my gosh, they look amazing. I checked out the vendor you bought them from. Do you think it’s possible to find cornhole boards for less somwhere else?

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    Lo 538 posts, Busy bee @ 12:12 pm

    I am super impressed! The boards turned out so great, did you get matching bags? We used a cornhole board as our guest book. I bought a plain set of boards from a local guy and had everyone sign one then after the wedding we had him cover it with a coat of poly to seal in the signatures. The other board has our college logos along with our names and wedding date. Got tons of compliments at our first tailgate this fall!

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    FutureMrsDunning 39 posts, Newbee @ 10:21 am

    wow, this project looks AMAZING!

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