Wine Advent Calendar – How to Make One

Are you a Wine Drinker?

Earlier this month I posted a Beer Advent Calendar, as I’m more of a beer drinker.  But some friends and viewers asked and suggested that I look into making a Wine Advent Calendar.  Now, here me out!  I know this sounds nuts!  24 bottles of wine in 24 days!  That’s crazy!  And I agree with you!  So that’s why I made a modified version of an advent calendar for wine.

My thought process is 2 bottles per week.  Maybe one on Friday night and one on Saturday Night?  That’s ok, right?  So, as Xmas is on the 24th, that gives 6 days/nights where you could drink if you wanted to.  So, I’ve made it a calendar of 6.  And please remember that you don’t need to drink all of them!

How to make a Wine Advent Calendar

This tutorial will show you how to make your own wine advent calendar.  The concept is easy enough, but if you’re looking to quickly bypass the design phase you can get a copy of the design below.

If you want the design of the wine advent calendar in either PDF or SVG format, just fill out the form and I’ll send you the details!


wine advent calendar pin

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What You Need:

  1. Paper.  Lots of paper.  It can be white or colored, or holiday-themed.
  2. Cricut/Scissor
  3. Glue and Glue Gun, or Tape
  4. 6 bottles of wine.
  5. Box to hold said 12 wine bottles
  6. Wrapping Paper
  7. Duct Tape

Let’s Begin!

Make Your Design

I measured the bottom of a wine bottle (~3″ Diameter).  Therefore, this will require a 3″ square box top.  So, I made boxes (1/2 boxes) to cover each beer.

I designed this myself in Inkscapebut you can use any program number of programs to create the design.

I set the design up to print or cut on an 8.5″ x 11″, as I don’t always have 12″ x 12″ sheets of paper.

wine advent calendar design

Cut the Paper

I cut all my boxes out with my Circut, but you can print them on a standard printer and cut them out with scissors.

cutting design

Add Backing Paper

As wine bottles have a small surface area at the top, I needed to add backing paper at the top of the box to help reinforce it and keep the bottle from popping out of the top.  

Do this before you tape/glue the box as it’s hard to put it in after the fact.

wine advent calendar assembly

Fold and Glue/Tape the Boxes

Fold all the boxes.  In my design, I added fold lines to help with the folding.

Once done folding, glue the corners tabs.  Alternatively, you can use tape, either work.

Also, as I’ve made the design for 8.5″ x 11″ there is some extra gluing required, but not much.

folding design
wine advent calendar boxes

Make the Wine Box

I picked up a box from the local liquor store – one that holds 12 bottles of wine.

You want to modify this box so that it holds only 6 bottles.

The below description is the way I did it, but you can slice and dice the box any way you like.

  •  cut one of the small sides off the box
  • cut the top flaps off the box
  • measure the middle of the box and draw a line from top to bottom
  • using a sharp edge – score the line you drew.  This is to help to fold the box in the correct spot
  • using copious amounts of duct tape, tape the box back together.
  • use more tape on the inside and outside to make sure it’s secure.  You don’t want the box to break open when you have wine in the box.

I’ve included some pictures below.

wine advent calendar box
wine advent calendar box
box design tip
box tip 2
wine box design

Prepare your box

Wrap the outside of the box so that it looks nice.  I used Christmas wrapping paper that I had around the house.  But you can use any type you like.  I only wrapped the sides as the bottom won’t be seen, and the top is going to have the boxes on top.

I left a bit of extra paper to fold into the box to make it look nice once bottles are removed from the calendar.

wine calendar box


Place the wine into the box.  I have several different wines so that I have some variety. Once the bottles are in the box, place the number boxes on the bottles.

As there are only 6 numbers, making a random arrangement of numbers is tough, but arrange the numbers any way you like in the box.

wine advent calendar assembly

And That’s It! You’re Done!

wine advent calendar final

Final Notes

Somethings to keep in mind when  you’re using this:

  1. Drink responsibly.  
  2. You don’t need to drink the whole calendar.

Was this Tutorial Helpful?

Did you find this tutorial helpful?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

If you liked this tutorial, be sure to check out my other tutorials here

If you want the design of the wine advent calendar in either PDF or SVG format, just fill out the form and I’ll send you the details!


This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Carrie Pankratz

    This is fun. While I don’t think it would be a good idea for me to drink the whole calendar, it might be fun to share with friends and neighbors. This year, maybe deliver them to share. I like your advent calendar ideas! Thanks for the detailed description of how to make them.

    1. Katherine

      It’s funny, I have some friends who wanted 24 bottles in the calendar and we’re very sad with only 6! But that’s still a lot of wine!

  2. Katrina

    This is such a unique idea! I would have never thought to make something like this on my own! I’ll have to try this out one year. Thanks for the helpful guide.

    1. Katherine

      I got tired of spending lots of money on something that I could do myself, so I gave it a try!

  3. Becca @ The LDN Lifestyle

    What a great idea! I love chocolate and wine, so a calendar with each in sounds like my dream in the run up to Christmas!

    1. Katherine

      Dark chocolate and red wine are a great combination… mmmm. I might need to make some more boxes!

  4. Debbie Esplin

    This is totally fun. I love beer and wine and now it can be even more fun. With Zoom we can share this with friends. Too cool. Thanks for this.

    1. Katherine

      Good idea to do it with friends via zoom! Will have to give it a try also!

  5. This is super creative and the final product looks awesome. I agree 6 bottles is probably enough for December. Although this year, who knows.

  6. Gemma

    Such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing this with us. I may have to try it 🙂

    1. Katherine

      It’s the weekend here, so I’m going to try number 1! Hopefully you get to enjoy also!

  7. Britt K

    This is fun. I did do a full 24 bottle wine advent calendar one year. However, as I opened each I just had a small glass, so I had a TON of wine for the holiday break and into the new year. That was really nice when I didn’t feel like leaving the house and going anywhere to go shopping hahaha

    1. Katherine

      I don’t think I could do 24! I might end up with a problem at the end of the holiday season ! But saving some for later is always a good plan too! I hear you can also buy personal sized wine bottles, so maybe that’s something to try!

    1. Katherine

      Thanks! I’m hoping people get to enjoy it!

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