AFCI Recognizes Influential Industry Products with New Product Hall of Fame Award

Three companies will be inducted at Creativation+, featuring Art Materials World

[Chicago, IL]—March 4, 2021 – The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) is pleased to announce the winners of its first ever Product Hall of Fame Award. The creative industry products selected have inspired creative expression and populiarty over a sustained period of time. The Product Hall of Fame inductees showcase both new and historic versions of classic products beloved by generations of creators. This year’s inductees are:

  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Mod Podge

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue was invented to fix a problem. Creator Aleene Jackson started her career as a florist in the 1950s and quickly made a name for herself in the industry for her floral crafts, television appearances, publication articles, and instructional classes. As her business grew, Aleene realized she lacked a thick glue that was long lasting and held her floral arrangements together. “Glue d’Aleene,” was born and Aleene soon began bottling and selling the tacky white glue, eventually renaming it as “Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue.” Aleene thought of everything, even the gold bottle choice to symbolize the premium quality and gold standard of adhesives. Currently owned by Duncan Enterprises, Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue is still sold today in its gold bottle and is available in more than 60 different options.


Crayola Crayons has been a household name for more than a century. Invented in 1903 by cousins Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith, Crayola Crayon used paraffin wax and nontoxic pigments to create safe and affordable coloring sticks for kids. The first box of Crayola Crayons contained eight colors—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, and black—and sold for a nickel. Since then Binney & Smith changed their business name to Crayola Crayons and expanded to more colors, products, and more innovative ways to bring safe art materials to their customers.


Mod Podge is a unique water-based product developed exclusively to meet the demands of decoupage. This popular craft can be a time-consuming, messy project usually using layers of solvent-based varnish which requires adequate ventilation and drying time. Enter Jan Wetstone in 1967 who wanted to develop a new technique using a water-based decoupage medium. Short for “modern decoupage,” Mod Podge is used as a glue, sealer, or varnish and speeds up the drying time. Originally created in matte and gloss, Plaid Enterprises purchased the company in 1979 and since then has developed a line of more ready-to-use products, and tools and applicators for creators’ decoupage projects.

“AFCI looks forward to recognizing these influential products as our inaugural Product Hall of Fame inductees.” Stated AFCI Chair, Jim Scatena. “Each with their own rich histories within the creative indusutries, Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, Crayola Crayons, and Mod Podge have had significant impacts on how creators approach different projects, and have opened the world of crafting to generations of consumers.”

The Product Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at Creativation+, featuring Art Materials World, taking place virtually March 15-19, 2021.

For more information on AFCI and this year’s award winners, please contact AFCI at or +1.312.321.6811.


About the Association For Creative Industries
The Association for Creative Industries (AFCI) is the premier trade association for the global creative arts products industries. AFCI is committed to its vision of a healthy, vibrant and innovative community that enriches people’s lives through crafting and other creative activities. As an organization, AFCI strives to deliver innovative high value services as we support our Members who provide products and services to educate, entertain, and inspire creative consumers. Our Members include the manufacturers, retailers, distributors, designers, educators, digital content providers, professional makers and DIYers, and other creative professionals that comprise the $36 billion+ creative arts industries around the globe. For more information on AFCI, please visit