The Best Wine Advent Calendar DIY

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Skip the store bought wine advent calendar and make your own! It’s super easy to diy your own countdown and maybe even a little more fun!

I love a good countdown to just about anything and Christmas is definitely at the top of my list! Kids get LEGOs and candy, so why not throw in a few single serve bottles of wine for the grown ups?

The best part about making your own wine advent calendar is that you can customize the wines you like.

Maybe you don’t like red wine or you like whites and sparkling wines. Or maybe you would rather make a bourbon advent calendar.

Create the holiday season you want! It’s up to you.

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Make this DIY Wine Advent Calendar for a festive holiday countdown!

The advent of wine calendars (get it?) has become more popular in recent years and I was so excited when the Aldi wine advent calendar was announced for the US a couple years ago.

Alas, my store only had 4 calendars and they were long gone by the time I got there!

I was super bummed but determined to get my fun countdown to Christmas

Make Your Own Wine Advent Calendar

Once I got the idea of buying a wine advent calendar out of my head, I realized that making one would actually make me far happier.

I get to choose the wines from vineyards around the world that I like, wrap them up and use festive decor that matches my personality.

The wine calendar I was planning to buy was $70 for 24 bottles of single serve wine. The one I made came to a grand total of $50 including the bucket, which I will keep!

And if you purchase six packs of mini bottles (or 6 regular bottles) at Target, they will give you another 10% off! (deal subject to change)

Wine for diy wine advent calendar

Wine Advent Calendar Supplies

I didn’t want to get too crazy with the packaging. After all, a wine advent calendar is really just a fun way to buy wine.

I grabbed a variety of wines including reds, whites and sparkling.

You could leave them unwrapped but I wanted to wrap the bottles to keep the element of surprise.

I also decided to leave the numbers off but you could certainly add them if you want!

Here is a free countdown template for labels.

They should print on standard Avery 1 2/3″ Round Labels (24 labels/sheet) but do a test run first to make sure they line up!

Buffalo Check Bucket

You will need:

  • Holiday themed box or bucket
  • Tissue paper in different colors
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Wine mini bottles (24 for the full month or 12 for the 12 days of Christmas)
DIY Wine Advent Calendar Supplies

First, cut 24 sections of string (or 12 if you’re doing 12 days of Christmas wine) to tie your tissue paper.

I folded a piece of tissue in half for each bottle, then rolled it up and folded over the top. I secured it with string and an easy to untie bow.

I liked using multi-colored tissue paper because I think it looks pretty, but you could do wrapping paper or even cloth napkins if you want something more permanent.

Making my wine advent calendar was super easy and fun. And yes, I listened to Christmas music while I made it.

Wine Advent Calendar

Make a Wine Advent Calendar for a Gift

I love the idea of a 12 days of Christmas gift. In the case of 2020, a surprise porch drop would be super fun! 

If you want to wait til Christmas Day to gift this wine advent calendar, swap the theme to a New Years Eve countdown and throw in some champagne!

DIY Wine Advent Calendar

I can think of so many ways to customize these baskets.

Want to try it with liquor instead? Check out our Bourbon Advent Calendar, which really can be made with any liquor.

Happy holidays!

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The Best Wine Advent Calendar

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Andrea Updyke is a married mom of two boys living in Raleigh, NC. She is a published author and blogger of more than 18 years and loves to celebrate the little things that make life awesome.

Whether she's sharing tasty recipes, traveling or hanging with the family, Andrea's goal is to help make your days a little easier and a lot more fun! Email inquiries to

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