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Crafty Corner - the fun side of inspired crafts!

We are a creative team, ready to take on any challenge, from custom made corporate gifting to large commissions, craft related teambuilding events, kids craft parties, classes and so much more!

What we offer:
  • Teambuilding events - Crafty Corner offers a range of creative teambuilding experiences: art on canvas, creative mosaics, beading, fabric or glass painting.

  • Corporate gifts - Crafty Corner's team of crafters are masters at creating custom, handmade corporate gifts to suit any budget. All items handmade to your specifications.

  • Designs, patterns and templates - Crafty Corner has high resolution jpgs and vector designs for using as patterns and templates for your crafts.

  • Kids craft activities - Kids love to learn, interact and be creative. We run family fun days, kids craft parties and have really cool kids craft kits!

  • Commissions - Crafty Corner specialises in the creation of once-off, unique, handmade creations: worlds largest chocolate bunny, TV props, set-building and more!

Latest news:

Recycle glass products

Investec recycled glass project

Scope of project:

To supply Investec with 5000 hand cut, polished and sand blasted glasses from discarded wine bottles. To further our training project for the development and upskilling of community people as well as create awareness to all involved about the necessity of reducing our impact on the environment.

Background:

Though Investec’s agents we have set up the project to source and process 5000 used wine bottles into glasses that will be sandblasted with the Investec logo and by-line. The requirements were to upcycle wine bottles into glasses while taking the opportunity to involving community members in assisting with the project.

Roll out:

Upcycle started this journey by sourcing the wine bottles from many of the local restaurants, interested companies, private individuals and street collectors. Upcycle has also included purchasing of glass bottles from Remade Germiston to secure sufficient source material to maintain the project till the community “by in” can support the project alone.

It has been inspirational to see the way our community has rallied around this initiative to make a difference to the planet and how keen they are to get involved in helping with this project. We have several restaurants that have allocated space to store bottle for our weekly collection, One or two shops that have volunteered to be drop off points and we even have private individuals

Story so far:

Upcycle is always looking to provide an environment in which there is training, development and growth of new businesses such as the “Investec glass project” to further our communities. As we have an affinity for upcycle have put a lot of time and energy into mastering the art of cutting, polishing and finishing off glass products. Once we had established the best practice of making glasses, vases, planters etc. we took our skills to the orange farm community where we have trained unemployed individual to master these concepts and products. We have been teaching them the basics art of glass cutting and how to work with it as part of the basics of how to upcycle waste. This community have been taught sewing, and various other upcycle skill. The basic process of cutting and polishing glass can be done from home in quite a small space and with a small outlay. This is great for individuals to make and sell in their own capacity; products for their friends and family and local community. These products are very much handmade and take about a half hour per glass to make from beginning to end.

As upcycle have been training on how to make this product for over a year, Investec approached us to make them glasses on a large scale. The process of manufacturing these glasses in a mass production situation required much more specialised equipment and a dedicated space to manufacture in. Investec’s order has enabled this to happen.

This is the point at which some of our community members that have really loved working with glass and have master the understanding of how glass breaks, were invited to join us in creating these 5000 glasses. They have now learned how to take their small business to the next level and understand the difference between individual handmade product and mass production. We have Employed 3 people out of the Orange farm community members to help us complete this order. Upcycle is working hard at finding more opportunities to grow this aspect, to be able to afford them fulltime employment.

We have also had the opportunity to pay a lady with her own transport to collect bottles for us. We have developed relationships with 15 restaurants and many individuals to collect bottles for us and support this project. Several street collectors have been able to sell glass bottles to us making their range of product better and of more value. We have also been able to set up 2 more training days to master the art of glass recycle in the orange farm community.

Going forward:

Through the order placed by Investec we have been able to take our glass project from a fledgling to the level required to meet the demands. We have the equipment and expertise to create and make almost anything from glass bottles. In order for it to continue to support the community and be successful there has to be ongoing interest from the public as well as private sector to continue to purchase the products in order to sustain what has been created.


Picasso canvas painting team building

Theme was Strength in numbers.

The theame for this teambuilding was to impress upon the staff the concept that even though they, as people are each unique and individual and such bring all that into the company, it is only though the combined strength of the entire staff compliment can one see the true strength of a company. It is the combined power of the entire individual and their ability to perform as a team in the end that will make the company or division successful.

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Stunning big picture art challenge completed last week!

This creative picture was painted by a team of very left brain individuals that never thought they would ever be able to achieve something so amazing. This is a Picasso art challenge team building where the group paints a big picture for the office! more on our canvas painting below.

the big picture art challenge

Canvas painting teambuilding

Canvas painting teambuilding event we did with Boehringer Ingelheim. Check out this cool youtube video link of the event as they all got creative. You can also go to our teambuilding page and see what else we have to offer.

Mosaic teambuilding

mosaic tree of life

We had lots of fun helping Nedbank complete a stunning mosaic "Tree of life", for their teambuilding experience!
For more visit:Mosaic Craft Teambuilding


Upcycle : Hayley Joy Initiative

www.upcycle.co.za/initiatives/hayley-joy

Hayley Joy's quest to reduce their carbon footprint, by donating their fabric scraps, has been enabled by a wonderful collaboration with Upcycle Winnie. Hayley Joy production generates a vast amount of waste, and what a waste it would have been, for it to be dumped, or even worse, end up in a landfill.Hayley joy teddy bear

Upcycle, Winnie, has been able to upskill two families, by teaching them basic sewing skills, and she has now trained them to make the Teddies from scratch.

For more information on this project or on how to get involved by setting up your own project with Upcycle contact them here.

Upcycle scrap material terry bear

Our latest free step by step crafts for you to try:

Virtical garden drum

upcycle sa, virtical garden drum

Making your own virtical garden from recycled drum, December 2015

Mosaic pot stand

Tree of life mosaic

Making a pot stand with inverted design

Tin can candle holder

tin can candle holder

Recycled tin can candle holder that is very easy to make and a stunning idea for Aids day candles.

Mannequin decoupage lamp

decoupage lamp

Recycled old mannequin doll into a stunning decoupaged lamp.

Upcycled Egg Box Flowers

upcycled egg box flowers

Upcycle your old egg boxes and egg trays and create a beautiful arrangement of flowers that will never droop!

Mosaic Upcycled Basin Birdbath

upcycled mosaic basin birdbath

Add a dash of colour and light to your garden with this beautiful, upcycled mosaic hairdresser's basin birdbath!

Paper Mache Heart

paper mache heart

Papier mache is terrific for all ages, young kids love getting their hands involved, perfect for sensory development! And a great lesson on recycling egg boxes!

Milk Bottle Gift Box

milk bottle gift box

Turn an old plastic milk bottle into a beautifully functional upcycled gift box for a special gift!

Milk Bottle Easter Basket

milk bottle easter basket

Recycle an old milk bottle and create this beautiful Easter basket, a great handmade gift for all ages!

Green Mosaic Cross

green mosaic cross

Making a mosaic cross is a great way to celebrate Christmas or Easter. Follow our step by step to see how it is done!

Mosaic Daisy Mirror

mosaic daisy mirror

Our simple step by step will have you making your own beautiful mosaic daisy mirror in no time, from cutting the petals to grouting!

Coke Bottle Terrarium

coke bottle terrarium

What a great way to start a water wise vegetable or herb garden and a fantastic science experiment for children. Upcycle an old plastic Coke bottle into a self-watering terrarium!

Wooden Birdhouse

recycled wooden birdhouse

A few old planks from an old cupboard make fantastic materials to create this beautiful upcycled birdhouse!

Bottle-top Fridge Magnets

completed recycled bottle top bug fridge magnets

What a colourful way to create beautifully upcycled fridge magnets! In this craft we used recycled bottle tops to make fridge magnet bugs.

Upcycled Milk Bottle Clock

recycled plastic milk bottle heart

This upcycled clock was made using recycled plastic milk bottles - resulting in less junk going in the bin and a beautiful handmade gift that really does make a difference!

upcycle

Green eco friendly craft Gifts

Recycled bottle glasses recycled wine bottle drinking glasses
Savanna glasses recycled savanna cider bottle drinking glasses
Looking for recycled and upcycle corporate gifts? We have a great selection.