What: The 75th birthday for STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam
When: Monday, May 30 – Friday, June 3, 2016
Where: Right here on Crafts ‘n Coffee
Why: To celebrate 75 creative, crafty years!
I hope you will join me here on Crafts ‘n Coffee next week as we celebrate the 75th birthday of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. For decades, we’ve decorated your door – spring, summer, fall and winter. We’ve dressed up your walls, embellished your Christmas trees, and stuffed those Easter baskets! Generations have used STYROFOAM Brand Foam for school projects and to keep little hands busy. And next week, we’ll celebrate 75 fun years.
I’d like to share a little more about our guest of honor. STYROFOAM Brand Foam was invented by Dow Chemical in 1941 and used for flotation in World War II. (It’s an unsung hero in more ways than one!) Florists first began using the material, and it wasn’t long before others were using the foam to create and craft.
I found this December, 1946 Plastics magazine cover and guess what’s decorating the tree! Inside the magazine there’s an ad for “beautifully formed, glistening white . . . light as a feather & unbreakable” White Christmas Ornaments. This might be the first-ever ad for STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I’ve never heard of Frank Paper Products Corporation , but I do know that we’ve partnered with our fabricator FloraCraft since 1949.
I’ve mentioned before my collection of vintage craft books, and the earliest booklets date from 1960. Through the years, STYROFOAM Brand Foam has always found a way to adapt to trends.
You may be most familiar with our white and green foam shapes, but did you know that Dow also makes Blue STYROFOAM Brand Insulation? The insulation is used worldwide to insulate the roofs, walls and foundations of homes and commercial buildings. Today, it’s used in sustainable builds around the world, including in net zero homes and green roofs.
Since 1993, Dow has partnered with Habitat for Humanity, and became its first international partner. Today, Dow is the national insulation partner for North America Habitat builds.
We have a lot to celebrate next week! Starting Monday, I’ll share party crafts and decorating ideas each day, and of course, there will be prizes! I love every single project I’m sharing next week, and I can’t wait for you to see them, too. It’s going to be a fun week!
Please invite your crafty friends to join us, too. The more, the merrier.
In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends. I’ll see you Monday!