Turn a cardboard box into a target for a homemade bean bag toss game

beanbag toss
Credit: Tara Donne

What You'll Need

  • Fabric (one 10" square for each beanbag)
  • Scissors
  • Dried beans (1/2 cup per beanbag)
  • Rubber bands
  • Ribbon
  • One 28"x 16"x 12" box
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pencil
  • Yardstick
  • Craft knife
  • Paint

Make It


  1. Cut six 10" circles from fabric.
  2. Place 1/2 cup dried beans in the center of each circle. Cinch the fabric around beans; secure with rubber band, then cover band with ribbon.


  1. Assemble box and hot-glue flaps shut to secure box's shape.
  2. Draw diagonal lines on each of the 28"x 16" sides so one end is 16" and other is 8"; use knife to cut on diagonal so box is shaped as a trapezoid.
  3. Trace three 5" circles on top of box, spaced 5" apart; cut out circles.
  4. Paint box top and circles, adding numbers 1, 2, and 3 to each circle.
  5. When dry, hot-glue circles on top.

Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Parents magazine.

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