One hobby my mom passed down to me that I’ll never get over – yard sales. We LOVE them; every weekend, Memorial Day-Labor Day, we scour through the paper and design our route from house to house to browse through other people’s trash.
Late in last year’s yard sale season, Mike (who, despite himself, is starting to get into it) found a beat up old bean bag game and the light bulbs went off. He had been wanting to get his younger brother, who is obsessed with golf, an at-home chipping game to practice with. Now, we could turn this old game into an awesome Christmas gift!
Brand new Chippo: $189
DIY “Upcycled” Golf Chipping Game: $35
– Recycled bean bag toss game – purchased at yard sale, $3
– Artificial Grass Rug $20
– Scrap wood
– E600 Permanent Adhesive
This project was super easy, and I was surprised to see that not many other people had done something like this in the DIY blog world. Here’s what we did:
1) Removed the netting for the bean bag toss. This was a quick screw removal, and we ended up throwing out the nets at the end.
2) The game was originally hinged down the middle with removable standers to make it more portable. We thought that might complicate things once we attached the grass to the top, so we took these small scraps of wood and cut the width down to permanently keep the boards flat. The vise grips were really helpful to hold the wood in place so that we could drill the scrap of wood in from the front.
3) At this point I removed the handles and cleaned everything down with Lysol wipes so that the glue would have a clean surface to stick to. I used E600 (the greatest adhesive invention ever) all over the top surface of the boards, and then laid them upside down on the back of the grass rug to make it stick. We left the boards to dry for about an hour, and then used tiny finishing nails in each corner to make sure the rug would stick. We flipped the boards back over and took a cardboard cutter around the edge of each hole to perfectly size the cutouts.
4) We reattached the handles, and voila! At home chipper.
This project would have worked with any board-based lawn game – cornhole, golf beer pong set, etc. Happy chipping!