Ty Warner Inc. Introduced Beanie Babies in 1993 and they quickly reached collector’s item status, with their popularity reaching its apex in the mid to late nineties. Each new design was purposely made in small quantities and “retiring” shortly after release, which created a huge demand for them in the resale market. Twenty years later, many years after the the Beanie Baby bubble burst, they are really easy to come by, often sold individually or in big bags for next to nothing.
Don’t tell these people, but one day I walked into my daughter’s bedroom and they had cut all of the heart tags off their beanie babies. That was ok with me because I started buying them for them because I thought they were cute and not because I wanted to sell out and buy a condo in Boca with my earnings. If you, too, have your old beanie baby collection gathering dust and the memories of your lost childhood, why not make a Beanie Baby bean toss?
I made one for a birthday party but kept it simple and semi-non-regulation. I bought two (2) 24″ by 48″ thin plywood boards from Lowe’s ($8.47 each). To create the hole, I measured 9″ down from the top and 12″ over from each side then measured a 6″ circle. Using my neighbor’s drill and jigsaw, I cut out the circle. I then used some acrylic paint from JoAnne’s ($1.29 each) to make a design.
Regulation cornhole requires that the back sit up 12 inches from the ground, so I accomplished this by propping it up on a cement paver I had sitting in my yard.
There was much fun to be had and it stores easily for the next time.