Branded wooden boxes

We were approached to brand a few hundred boxes for corporate gifts for FNB Islamic Banking. The boxes were ultimately filled with sweets.

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The original plan was to engrave on the boxes themselves but some of the boxes were too large to fit in our machine so we opted to engrave wooden labels which we could glue on instead. The engraved “smokey” labels always need cleaning when they come out of the machine but a light sanding and wipe with a damp cloth quickly sorts that out.

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We made a simple wooden template to help align the labels to the boxes and then glued the labels on.

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Loved the final rustic look of the boxes.

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Our 5 best picks for Mother’s Day gifts

Mother’s Day is on the 10th May and we’ve put together our 5 best picks for Mother’s Day gifts from the Paperkutz store.

1. If you love baking, whip up a batch of cupcakes for your mom and dress them in some pretty cupcake wrappers. We have a HUGE range to choose from. Prices range from R29 – R82 per dozen. Browse them all here.


2.  Everybody loves stationery and Paperkutz has a beautiful range of notepads with wooden covers. The  covers open with a clever “living hinge” design.  We even have an option for personalisation. Put your mom’s initial on a notepad and she’ll love you forever!  Check out our range of notepads here. Price is R80.

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3. Our popular Botanical Paper Placemats always make a stunning gift. There are 20 sheets of 4 different designs in a pad @R150. Available here

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4. If your mom is an avid cook, then she will love our Owl spoon rests. Get them here for R60.


5. Our Jewellery Hand Stands are great for all moms – such a fun way to store and display jewellery. Available here in white, black or wood @R165.

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Time to go shopping!!

LED desk lamps/night lights

We’ve have been dying to make something with lights ever since we made these these paper table runners with tea lights for my niece’s wedding.

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This time we wanted to go a bit more high tech and use ELECTRICITY – gasp! We decided to make a lamp that uses LED lights to light up a flat piece of engraved acrylic – it’s a simple idea that’s been around for a while.

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Our lamps basically consist of a wooden base with a strip of LED lights embedded into it. The LED lights plug into a power adaptor (which is supplied with the lamp). The flat piece of engraved acrylic simply slides into a slot on the top of the wooden base and the magic happens. We engraved a simple “bulb” design onto the acrylic. Because the acrylic piece is removable, it can easily be replaced with a different design (we have plans for those too!)

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The beauty of LED lights is that they don’t use much electricity and they don’t get hot which means you can leave the light on overnight – perfect for use as a kid’s night light although they look beautiful in any room. You can order yours here.


Laser engraved cork invitations

Last year we were asked to engrave some wedding invitations on cork. We have never worked with cork before and were not sure if we could do it. We tried a test engraving on thin cork floor tiles and it was a black sooty disaster. (Don’t believe everything you see on Pinterest!). Luckily the bride sourced suitable cork but it was very thin and we had to glue 2 layers of it together.

After a bit of  trial and error we manage to produce these wedding invitations. We were pretty pleased with how they turned out.

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Gooi & Enjoy™ Meal Dice

We are always on the lookout for innovative things to make so we are pretty excited about our Gooi & Enjoy™ Meal Dice. There are a few versions of the dice already available so we certainly can’t take credit for inventing them, but we wanted to give them a definite South African twist.

If you are tired of the same old meals, day in and day out and need a fun, easy way of menu planning which will shake up your cooking routine, then it’s time to play with our Gooi & Enjoy™ Meal Dice.

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The Gooi & Enjoy™ Meal Dice is a set of 9 dice designed to inspire creative meals using fresh South African ingredients and South African methods of cooking (think BRAAI). The wooden dice are laser engraved and come in a handy enamel laser engraved mug which is perfect for shaking and storing your Gooi & Enjoy ™ Meal Dice. All instructions are included.

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Each dice is engraved with an ingredient or cooking method.
The set includes 5 basic dice engraved with
1) cooking method
2) protein
3) carb
4) herb
5) a bonus ingredient

and 4 seasonal veggie dice (only use the veggie dice for the current season).


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• Roll the 5 basic dice plus 1 veg dice for the current season e.g summer (If you don’t like what you have rolled, then roll again)
• Go shopping/raid your cupboard for the ingredients from your dice roll.
• Create, cook and enjoy!

Remember that you don’t have to follow your roll precisely – use it for inspiration.

Our Gooi & Enjoy ™ Meal Dice are available here



Engraved Consol Solar Jars

We were asked to engrave a logo and slogan onto 200 Consol Solar Jars. We have had a bit of practice engraving these as night lights for Little Lumps so we took the job on with confidence.

The solar jars are an odd shape – kind of square with rounded edges, and one side has Consol branding embossed into the glass. This makes it quite difficult to engrave and the best way to get consistent results is to build a jig (sounds posher than it actually is). We basically built a box for the jar to rest in while it gets engraved.

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Glass also needs to be masked before it gets engraved so we painstakingly stuck a piece of masking tape onto each jar. Sound like fun yet?

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This is what it looks like after engraving but before we clean it up. Not very pretty.

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But look how lovely it is after the masking tape is removed and the glass is given a wipe.

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Ta da!

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Wooden badges

We were asked by Genio Roasters to make 300 badges for the SCAE World of Coffee Expo in Italy this year. We had to keep it simple as we had only 3 days to produce them.


We laser engraved 12 different designs from 3mm supawood.

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We glued badge pins to the back (ever waited for glue to dry in a Joburg winter?)


And here they are – all packed and ready to go.










Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With father’s day coming up, we compiled a list of gift suggestions from the Paperkutz store that we know your dad will love.


But…there’s more! Your dad can strut his stuff proudly wearing his Superdad badge which we’ll throw in for FREE with every purchase off our list. How awesome is that? Psst…..Superdad badges are also available in our store (not online) for R15 each. Pop into our store to grab one.

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Custom wooden tray

Just finished this custom order for a wooden tray. Our customer wanted a specific size which meant we had to design and make it from scratch. The tray is just slightly larger than A4.


 We added some pretty engraving on the sides.


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