For years the standard Styrofoam (as defined by Wikipedia) bases we used for centerpieces was a 12 inch Styrofoam circle (disc) that was 1-1/2 inches thick. It is ideal for centerpiece use since the 1-1/2 inch thickness allows the metal pick from the mylar paper poof and theme pieces to insert nicely into the Styrofoam. It also provides a very stable base if our flexible plastic tubes are used or not. We ordered many of these bases and shipped them to customers and used them for parties for local customers. It was very much a staple for our business.
Then one day the company that produced the Styrofoam informed us that they would no longer be producing the 1-1/2 inch thick Styrofoam discs. We were devastated by this news and had to reevaluate what we were going to do. We searched all ove but could not find another supplier.
We could certainly choose to use a Styrofoam disc that was 1 inch thick but it is not as good as using the 1-1/2 inch thick one for the 12 inch discs. We wanted our customers to have the best base for their diy party centerpieces that we possibly could. We were in a quandary. What were we going to do?
After much deliberation we decided that we would cut our own bases out of a larger rectangular sheet of Styrofoam. Although not always a perfect circle, it would be exactly what we needed and wanted. We also knew that it would work well and get the job done. It was a great decision and many of our customers are very happy with our choice for them.
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