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Cornhole Boards | How to paint a logo on a cornhole board

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When it comes to making cornhole boards, most people decorate them with paint or decals. Whether it's solid colors or more advanced borders and logos, decorating cornhole boards has long been popular.

Because of this, anytime someone's considering making a set of boards for the first time, they typically start by asking two questions; "Where can I learn how to build the boards?" and "Where can I learn how to paint a logo on the boards?"

This manual will answer the question "Where can I learn how to paint a logo on the boards?" The answer is right here! In this manual we cover step-by-step how to paint a logo onto a cornhole board.

If you aren't particularly artistic or simply have never had the need to paint a logo onto something, don't worry! We've got you covered with a material list, step-by-step instructions, and photos to go with each step (click any photo to view a slideshow of all the enlarged images!). When your done reading, you'll be ready to outfit your boards with a killer logo.

Let's Get Started

We'll be making a new set of cornhole boards with a painted BackyardGamez.com logo on each board, but not in this manual. This manual will take a more demonstrative approach and use white foam board, some masking tape, an Exacto knife, and a pack of Sharpie markers.

Don't worry, we'll describe what the "real" materials are when painting on actual cornhole boards. The actual cornhole board painting process is strikingly similar and even easier (no tearing and far less bleeding as we'll describe shortly). Without further ado, below is the list of materials you'll need as well as the demo materials we used.

Materials

The below materials are the actual materials we've used in the past when painting logos onto cornhole boards. As you'll see below, we prefer water-based paint. Also, we've used both scotch and blue painters tape. Both work well.

  • Acrylic Paint.
  • Scotch Tape or Painters Tape.
  • A pencil or pen for marking colors.
  • An Exacto knife (#1 or #2 blade).
  • Scissors (optional if you have an Exacto knife).
  • An image for the logo.
  • A computer, Microsoft Paint software, and a printer.

Substitutions

Below are the substitutions we used for this manual.

  • White Foam Board. Replaces the primed cornhole board surface.
  • Sharpie Markers. Replaces the acrylic paint.
  • We have used Sharpies for fine borders and minuet details when painting logos on cornhole boards (our personal boards). The lines still look fabulous after 3 years and lots of questionable weather.

The supplies include masking tape, paint, and an exacta knife

Painting The Logo | Step-By-Step

  1. Download the logo onto your computer.

    Options are downloading it from the internet, using an existing image, or taking a new photo with your camera and transferring it onto your computer.

  2. Resize the image using Microsoft Paint.

    You can play with the scaling under Print Preview until you get the size you want.

  3. Print the Logo.

    When printing the logo, the logo will span multiple pages. Don't worry, that's good! We'll piece them back together like a puzzle later. If you printed your logo in color, you can skip Step 4. We printed ours in black and white.

    Once you have your logo, print it the desired size

  4. Mark the various pieces of the logo with the color it will be painted.

    For every piece of the logo that will get cutout and painted, mark it with a pencil or pen. Mark the color that you'll be painting it. For example, we used "G" for green. Then, as you cutout the pieces you can transfer the color marking onto the actual board itself or paint as you cut. Either way works equally well.

    Mark each section of the logo the color you will paint it

  5. Tape off your cornhole board surface.

    Tape off the logo area of your cornhole board. Make sure you use at least two layers of tape for the following two reasons. First, it helps prevent the paint from bleeding through the tape. Secondly, you can overlap the second set of tape strips with the first. This minimizes the chance you'll miss covering/taping a section of the board.

    Tape off the cornhole board will you will be painting the logo

  6. Trim Excess Paper.

    Using scissors or the Exacto knife, trim the excess paper form your logo. For example, the sides that need puzzled back together will need trimmed from the printer's margins.

    Trim the logo prinout so it will piece together like a puzzle

  7. Place Your Logo Over The Tape.

    Place your paper logo's pages over the taped cornhole board surface. Put the logo pieces together like a puzzle and position the logo to the desired location and orientation. If you're unsure of the position or whether it's straight, use a ruler or level. Once certain it's where you want it, tape the paper logo over the taped-off board surface. Don't tape over the logo itself, just the sides and available white space.

    Piece the logo prinout together like a puzzle and tape it to your cornhole board

  8. Begin Cutting Out The Design.

    When you cut, use the Exacto knife to cut through the paper as well as the underlying tape. You can cut and paint as you go or cut all pieces out and then paint. We'll cut and paint as we go. As we cut, we label each cut-out piece with the color it's to be painted. Essentially, we're making a "paint-by-numbers" painting.

    An important note. If you cut and paint as you go, start on the left side if right handed and vise versa if left handed. If you don't, you'll smear the paint as you go.

    Begin cutting out the logo with the exacta knife

    If the logo has parts that blend, use a pen to define them better

  9. Paint The Design.

    Paint the cutout pieces of the logo. We always aim for three coats of paint. You can do more or less depending on your needs.

    As you get pieces of the logo cut out, begin painting them

    Make sure to begin painting from left if right handed

    Continue to cut pieces out and paint them

  10. Let Dry.

    In between all the coats you'll apply, let the paint dry. Acrylic paint dries very fast, so you shouldn't have to wait very long. To be safe, once your done with the last coat of paint, wait 24 hours until you move on to Step 11 below.

    Once done cutting and painting, carefully remove the tape

  11. Peel Off The Remaining Tape.

    Your cornhole boards will now have fresh, brand new painted logos on them. Congratulations on painting logos onto your cornhole boards! Now, lets wrap up the logo process.

  12. Touch Up.

    If there are parts that bled a bit or lines that aren't as straight as they could be, feel free to touch them up a bit. This is where a fine-hair brush or Sharpie can come in very handy.

  13. Protect Your New Logos.

    If you followed our recommendation and used water-based acrylic paint, now is the time to put a Minwax Semi-Gloss Polycrylic finish over your new logos (we're not affiliated in any way with Minwax). It's technically for interior use, but we always get great results using it on our boards. We recommend brushing on 2 - 5 coats. We've also used other brands and spray coating and had excellent results, so use whatever you prefer.

    An important note. If you used water-based paint, make sure to use a water-based finish. Likewise, if you used an oil-based paint, make sure you use an oil-based finish.

  14. Your Done!

    Congratulations! You now know exactly how to paint logos onto your cornhole boards. By following the above steps, you can easily paint professional quality logos and designs onto your boards.

    That's it for the logo painting process. Make sure to download the .PDF version for safe-keeping and printing. Also, below we have some alternatives to painting logos and some useful notes about this project. Check them out for some extra reading.

PDF Version

Feel free to download and distribute the .PDF version of this manual. You can even include it on your website! The only thing we ask is you in no way change the manual and leave any embedded links.

Thanks for reading our manual "How To Paint a Logo Onto a Cornhole Board" and stay tuned for our manual on how to build a set of cornhole boards, including the above logo getting painted onto the boards just as we described here. Coming soon!

Click the below PDF image to download this manual in PDF format for FREE!

Alternatives

  • Some people will trace the paper logo onto the tape, then cutout the tape and paint the pieces. Although this works, we don't see a need to include the added tracing step. An Exacto knife easily cuts through the tape and paper at the same time.
  • Decals are fast becoming a cost-effective alternative to painted logos on cornhole boards. Board decals, including full-board wraps, are inexpensive when compared to painting. They're also faster and easier to apply. Of course, near-perfect painted logos are very rewarding and will always have their place on cornhole boards.

Notes

  • You'll notice we didn't template out the phrase "Turn your backyard into a blast". In the case of small print, we typically purchase a set of letter stencils and use those instead. Trying to cut out the tagline in this example would be difficult due to the heavy pixilation from the enlargement step.
  • We wanted to do a sports team logo, but because this manual will be shared and distributed across the internet, we decided it smart to avoid any trademark or licensing legalities.
  • Our logo has a lot of letters. To provide a full manual and tutorial, we cut the letters out. Many people, us included, would consider using letter stencils instead. Using stencils guarantees crisp lettering. Of course, depending on the font used in the logo, cutting and painting may be your only option.
  • Not thinking, we removed the taped center of the "e" in the word Gamez. We then got marker on it. If you make a mistake like this on your cornhole board, simply re-primer over the mistake and redo it using the part of the logo messed up. You can easily reprint the paper overlay for the portion you messed up.
  • We experienced considerable bleeding and tearing on this foam board demo. Don't worry! You should not experience this. We did mainly because the scotch tape tore the foam board as it was removed, including the painted parts. In addition, Sharpies bleed and smudge bad. On the flipside, acrylic paint is water-based, dries very fast, and doesn't easily smudge. Also, unlike the foam board, wood won't tear as the tape is peeled off.
  • We don't make cornhole boards professionally. We've made our share of boards for sure, but we don't make and sell boards professionally. We though it important you know this as we're not pretending to be experts (the boards we sell on our website are made by the experts, just not us).
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