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From Trashy to Classy: How to Build a Custom Boxed Wine Dispenser

From Trashy to Classy: How to Build a Custom Boxed Wine Dispenser

Have you ever been torn between your love for boxed wine (not necessarily the taste… but the price tag) and your desire to sip in style? What if I told you, you can have the best of both worlds? Today, step-by-step, I am going to show you how to build this DIY fluted wine dispenser…

Between grappling with the impacts of inflation and navigating the turbulent waters of owning a small business in today’s volatile environment (with AI and a plethora of industry changes, trust me, digital publishing isn’t exactly a stroll in the park these days), I’ve been forced to find ways to tighten the belt, as they say.

modern wine dispenser on bar shelf

While I certainly love the ritual of uncorking a nice bottle of wine and letting it breathe before pouring the contents into a pretty glass, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do to get by. And so…Black Box (or Bota) it is, baby!

picture of a box of wine

But just because I may opt for budget-friendly wine, does not mean I am ok with compromising on style while consuming it. So, to infuse my evening glass with a sense of celebration, I devised a solution – a way to elevate the mundane into something more refined.

wine glasses sitting next to a boxed wine dispenser

With my penchant for modern aesthetics (fluted and reeded accents are super hot in home design right now) and my husband’s knack for reverse engineering those visions, while we hit some snags along the way, ultimately I’m super pleased with what we were able to concoct for $50.

Let me show you how to re-create this DIY boxed wine dispenser for yourself…

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diy wine dispenser on wooden counter next to wine glasses

DIY Boxed Wine Dispenser Tutorial:

Materials Needed:

  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Circular saw with Kreg Jig Accu-cut system.
  • Drill
  • Hole saw
  • Wood Glue
  • Clamps (I used Bessey)
  • 1/2” half round dowels (I used one 50 pack of these dowels)
  • 3/4” half round dowels (I used one 25 pack of these, but I only needed 4 pieces total)
  • 3/4” Stock (I used leftover veneered plywood from another project)
  • 1/4” MDF
  • Miter box
  • Oscillating saw (for trimming dowels)
piece of plywood being measured for wine dispenser dimensions

(Step 1). Determine the desired dimensions for the wine dispenser box. I used the dimensions of the cardboard box of the Black Box wine.

track saw cutting plywood

(Step 2). Using ¾ stock ( I used leftover veneered plywood from another project), cut the three walls,bottom, and top of the dispenser box using the Kreg Jig Accu-cut circular saw system. The track system is used for larger pieces (the smallest size of plywood stock you can buy comes in a 2-foot x 2-foot sheet). For the front wall (or sliding “door” mechanism), I used 1/4” MDF.

Note: Make sure you use a circular saw blade and miter saw blade designed for plywood.

miter saw cutting plywood to dimension for wine box framing

(Step 3). Once you have the plywood reduced to smaller pieces, you can now use the miter saw to cut the walls of the frame into exact dimensions.

front panel of the wine dispenser

(Step 4). Now you need to cut grooves into the left and right side walls so the removable front-facing wall has a guide to slide into.

wood being cut on a table saw

Set up the table saw so the grooves are .25” deep.

cutting groove into frame of the wine box pieces

Pictured above is the finished groove to allow for the front piece to slide in and out when you need to replace your wine bladder.

wood clamps and wood glue being applied to the frame of the wine dispenser

(Step 5). Glue and clamp the three walls and bottom together. Wait for the wood glue to cure.

wood reeds being applied to the frame of the wine dispenser using wood glue

(Step 6). For the fluted facade, attach the half-round dowels (I used 1/2” size) with wood glue to the exterior of the wine box on the side and back walls. (For drying purposes, so that the dowels don’t slip off, we only did one side/panel at a time).

Note: You will also apply the 1/2” dowels to the removable front piece as well, but I would save this for last (this will make it easier to see how you will need to space the dowels of the sliding front piece to ensure it is functional and unobstructed).

straightening up the wood reeds with a piece of plywood

(Step 7). Use a scrap piece of wood to make sure the dowels are flush. Once they are properly positioned, allow the glue to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

oscillating saw cutting off excess height of dowel rods

(Step 8). Once the back and side walls have dried, you can now use an oscillating saw to cut the excess height of the dowels.

all sides of the wine dispenser assembled except for the front panel

(Step 9). Frame the front edges of the box with 3/4” half round dowels. Cut them at a 45 degree angle to give a seamless 90 degree transition.

image showing how to assemble top panel of wine dispenser

You will do this for the top piece of the wine box as well.

hole saw cutting into the front panel for wine spigot

(Step 10). For the spigot opening, using the appropriate size hole saw, cut a hole in the front wall of the dispenser. I measured the hole on the cardboard box of the Black Box and used that specific sizing. The 1/2”dowels were already applied to the piece when the hole was made.

placing wine bladder into the dispenser

(Step 11). Using a miter box (hand saw), cut directly across the hole on the sliding door so that it can separate to allow for the spigot to fit thru.

image showing the legs of the wine dispenser being built with plywood and wood glue

(Step 12). For the legs, I made them from scrap 3/4” plywood. I trimmed each piece to 3/4” width. The legs are 4” in height. Glue and clamp the leg pieces and allow to cure.

photo of legs being attached to the bottom of the wine dispenser

(Step 13). Once the legs have fully cured, glue and clamp them to the wine box. Once again, you will need to let cure according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Optional: Once the legs have dried, you can sand them and paint them black using spray paint or cabinet paint. For added functionality, I also decided to screw a left-over cabinet knob onto the top of the wine dispenser.

fluted boxed wine dispenser next to two wine glasses

With my new custom wine dispenser finally complete, I now get to keep it classy while drinkin’ trashy- no eyesore of a tacky a$$ cardboard box to kill my vibe!

Box don’t kill my vibe! Box don’t kill my vibe!

diy fluted wine dispenser in a modern minimal dining room

And even if you don’t ever attempt to build this DIY dispenser yourself, at the very least, I sincerely hope that if you are a fellow boxed wine enthusiast like me, this post alleviates any sense of shame regarding your choice of beverage. After all, it’s not easy making ends meet in this crazy world we live in!

fluted dispenser for boxed white sitting next to wine glasses

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wooden boxed wine dispenser sitting next to modern art and glasses

Now get out there and design some vibes along with a fabulous life!



My journey in interior design and home improvement began with transforming my first fixer-upper home, all while managing a budget and raising two young boys. My work, a reflection of my passion for creating beautiful, uplifting spaces, has been recognized by top publications like Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, HGTV, and more. I invite you to explore my site and witness the transformation of my home and the vibes we've designed.Read more...