DIY Bean Bag Toss | The Budget Savvy Bride
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Remember when I told you we were making our own bean bag toss board for the reception?

IT’S DONE! Hooray!

We were worried that our guests would be waiting a long time between the ceremony and reception while we take pictures and we’re hoping for good weather so our guests won’t be sitting around twiddling their thumbs!

I’m lucky to have such a talented fiance. He hand painted the one board and drew the design on his own. He designed and N&J surrounding a G for the (future) Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Gaston. Here’s the process…and my own bean bag making trial pair. I’m still working on the gray and yellow ones for the wedding. They’re sewn but need filled and closed. I’ll make sure I show you a picture when they’re finished.

Right now the other board is just silver. Nate’s thinking of drawing out a design for that one also, so if it happens you’ll be the first to see :)

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! The bottom left picture is the final outcome. Overall the cost was under $70… $30 for each board, which we purchased at a local craft store and under $10 for the paint, the yellow was $1 samples at Lowes, the spray paint $4 for two cans and the white paint we had laying around. . The beanbags didn’t cost me anything to make. My mom had some leftover fabric from a previous project that I used and we also have popcorn around the house to fill them. Sorry they aren’t the best quality, all of the pictures are from my phone.

Are you doing anything for your guests while they wait for you?

My name is Joscelyn, I'm 24 years old and live in the Pittsburgh, PA area. I work with children on the Autism Spectrum and am currently enrolled in grad school for special education. I'm recently engaged and planning my dream wedding, I can't wait to share it!

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    • Danielle
    • July 13th, 2012

    Hey Joscelyn!

    We’re also having lawn games at our wedding! Your beanbag toss looks fab! I’m hoping to make one as well.

    Another super budget savvy lawn game we’re making is lawn bowling! We have ten 1L clear plastic bottles (originally water bottles) that on the day of I am going to refill with water, add food coloring (to make them pretty) and put the tops back on. We’ll set them up in a ten pin formation with a soccer ball to knock them over.

    It cost us nothing to make as the bottles were in our recycling and we already have the soccer ball :)

    Just a thought!

    Danielle

      • Joscelyn
      • July 13th, 2012

      That sounds like so much fun! What a great idea. It’s definitely something for us to consider :)

      We’re worried that since our wedding is in November in PA, it might snow…fingers crossed it’s nice enough to play some lawn games!

  1. I don’t know if you’ve made beanbags before, but I recommend lining them with another fabric or doing double stitching. The first set we made for a friend, I did the stitch only once on a really tight tension, and 2 of the bags broke. The second set, I did 3 different types of stitches, 1 was a regular stitch, the second was two side by side regular stitches and the third was a zig-zag between them, I would be shocked if they broke! I told my friend their beanbags had a lifetime warranty and free repairs for life if needed, but I don’t think they’ll need them. On the other hand, maybe my fam just plays bean bags too rough!! Can’t wait to hear how your guests enjoy the game!

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