Our extensive knowledge of product range and our own crafting skills, along with our vast network of suppliers and manufacturers places us in the unique position to fulfil each and every request, no matter how extreme. To date we have accomplished a multitude of projects, some big, some small, each with a unique challenge, but all were a blast to work on!
RESTRAW officially started after an epic backpacking honeymoon adventure in 2016, where my husband and I travelled to, and dived in, all sorts of areas around the globe. A very sad reality that hit us time and time again was that we saw just how much plastic was affecting our planet. Our oceans and islands, and just about every area we went to (even the most remote places), had some level of plastic infiltrating and taking over. We realised how out of control the whole situation has gotten. Itís one thing to know about it but seeing it with your own eyes is a another story altogether and really changes something in you.
We came across reusable straws for the first time in Bali and it was so incredibly awesome. They resonated with us from the second we saw them. Not only are they brilliant for the environment but they are pretty amazing to sip through as well. After a long chat with one of our environmentalist friends about the gigantic plastic issues the world is facing, we knew that we needed to bring the straws to South Africa. Once back in South Africa in 2017, we started our mission to bring RESTRAW to life.
RESTRAW is a change in mind-set, itís a mind shift. Our motto is rethink, reuse, reset. Itís about rethinking the way we do things, reusing and recycling everything that we can, and resetting for a better, plastic-free future.
We hope that our RESTRAWS resonate with you and that you get as much joy from them as we do.
Our products have been carefully conceptualised and crafted to be as environmentally friendly as possible, from start to finish. We use sustainable material as far as we can and produce as much with our South African brothers and sisters as possible.
restraw sleeveOur glass straws are manufactured and branded locally, each one being hand crafted with the utmost care. We have partnered with an incredible company called Upcycle (www.upcycle.co.za) to make our beautiful hemp sleeves. They teach and empower people in various communities to make a living from the resources they have at hand. We use 100% hemp fabric for the sleeves as it is incredibly sustainable, cruelty free, antibacterial and antifungal. Our packaging is made from recycled and biodegradable material. We have requested that our suppliers stay away from using plastic for any of our products and rather use paper if necessary.
Thanks to our amazing network of people that donate us all sorts of materials and cool things to experiment with, we have been able to train incredible people that have previously not had work, how to make things to sell at markets to create an income for themselves.
When RESTRAW came along we didnít really have a well-established income for the people that where making things to sell at markets so this was a great opportunity for a stable income because for every RESTRAW pouch they sew they get paid for. Teaming up with RESTRAW is a perfect combination, RESTRAW needing the RESTRAW pouches and being able to pay people for the product they were making and Upcycle having a skilled bunch of hard working people that are willing to learn anything new.
Beacause our team are not afraid to learn and understand that you cannot get it right the first time, when people are motivated enough they find a way of doing what they want to do and make it happen. They have spent many hours learning ad growing thier confidence levels and are really keen to take on new challenges.
Our team has been creating new products from all the materials we have been donated and learning how to use the sewing machines without holding back or being afraid to learn. It is an exceptionally refreshing environment when you donít have to nag anyone to do their job or when people donít drag their feet every time they have to learn a new skill and this is why Upcycle thrives, we always make the most out of our days, we look for people who are willing to put in the effort and then put all our effort into them.RESTRAW pouches sold separately or with straws
For the Purim event of celebrations of Adar 14-15 of 356 BCE Crafty Corner was asked to make outfits for 2 of the local families for the Sunday event.
The first outfit was made mostly from recycled materials. The fabric we printed on was tablecloths that were decommissioned by a local hotel and the ruffle that we used for the foam at the top of the outfit was from scrap calico that we sewn and gathered. The hats themselves was made mainly from double wall cardboard from packaging boxes and a small amount of new corrugate to cover the printing that was viable from the top. The straw was made from under floor high density foam and rapped with a ribbon.<
The other outfit that was commissioned was a Jelly Belly, this was done with rescued transparent plastic and balloons. Sewn on the sides to form a bag around the stomach and a bib to provide a flap onto which we attached ribbons to hold the outfit in place.
We have been asked to make 500 Talisman for Best products in Cape Town for their catalogue shopping clients throughout South Africa. Original created by our artists from a picture supplied and moulds setup to replicate the original in polyester resin.
Best Products is the first company in South Africa to provide an exclusive mail order service, offering a wide range of retail products.
Though our sister company Upcycle they have been working on 5000 glasses for Investec. These glasses are hand cut from discarded wine bottles, cut, polished into amazing glasses and finally sand blased with thier logo and unique saying.
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Astro turf coasters for thier corporate gifts at a gala evening.
Manufacture of mock Faberge Eggs to be used as props for popular South African TV drama series, Isidingo. The Faberge egg used by Isidingo was manufactured in just one day.
Crafty Corner specialises in the manufacture of unique, handmade creations and corporate gifts. For Nouwens Carpets, we were commissioned to produce 500 book covers made from genuine Nouwens Carpet.
Crafty Corner works with a number of international clients. Our handmade, wire bicycles were crafted by local artists and crafters using local suppliers, and exported to the UK for Virgin Active.
Commissioned to produce 200 pink rose candles, with cellophane wrap and note tag to be given away as a Valentines Day corporate gift. Crafty Corner first manufactured the silicone rose moulds, and then produced the candles from the custom made moulds.
Design and manufacture of two giant baobab trees. The first tree, pictured below, was designed and built by the Crafty Corner team using wire and hessian in just one day.
The second baobab tree we built for the JD Group, was built with wire exclusively and manufactured over several days.
Design and manufacture of 5000 stackable candles for World Aids Day.
Design and manufacture of a giant pair of female legs. The legs are made from recycled materials and covered with a fabric "skin". Each leg is 4m in length.
Design and manufacture of 200 gift boxes and wire baobab trees. The Coke bottle gift boxes were handmade using recycled plastic bottles, while the wire baobab trees were manufactured through our community program.
Design and manufacture of 400 wooden chalk boards.
Manufacture of a silicone rubber chocolate mould of a genuine Timken ballbearing.
Reindeer bags for shoeboxes. These bags are made from felt. First the reindeers had to be cut out by hand, then the floppy felt reindeers had to be stiffened using our own special mixture of glue. Once the reindeers were stiffened, we had to punch holes along the edges. The reindeers were then stitched together by hand.
Manufacture of a 3m x 5m black starlight curtain. The stage was set and this LED starlight curtain surely set the scene! Mark had lots of fun with this one - who says techies can't also play and have fun!
Time Machine!!! I think this one of a kind project speaks for itself. This time machine was built as a prop for a "Back to the Future" style video. If you don't think we can do anything after this... just wait till you see the bunny below...
Design and manufacture of the worlds largest, solid chocolate bunny, weighing 3014kg and measuring 3,82m high, breaking the Guinness World record. Yes, that is someone standing on the giant bunny's shoulder. Read more.
Design of 3000 wire hearts for Valentine's Day. Handmade wire hearts with red and white beads made from glass, plastic and wood.
Design and manufacture of 1000 keyrings using recycled glass beads.
Design and manufacture of 200 treasure chests.
Design & manufacture of custom silicone moulds and production of gold apple candles.
Design and manufacture of 888 decorative gold and red glitter balls, used for in-store promotions.
Manufacture of 5000 branded gel candles.
Crafty Corner realizes the importance of raising awareness on many issues which affect society. We have assisted many businesses in creating items to raise awareness for worthy causes, such as Pink keyrings for Breast Cancer month and making candles for National Aids Day. We are as determined as the businesses requesting these creations to raise awareness.
Design and manufacture of 200 custom picture frames.
Recycled tin boxes designed by Crafty Corner, manufactured through our community upliftment program.
Sculpting of original bone, manufacture of custom silicone mould and casting of 500 resin bones for a pharmaceutical company.
These wire men were handcrafted for a wireless internet company.
Manufacture of Nashua Mobile Easter Eggs.
One of our memorable moments was creating handmade costumes for a Robin Hood themed concert.
Remember Liewe Heksie and Blommie! Crafty Corner has brought them to the year 2010 and they are now alive through our exciting puppet creations.
This is just a sample of some of the work we have done. Nothing is too big or too small, and we just love a challenge! Give us a call and let's discuss your ideas:
Tel: 082 855 2236
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