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    CHUCK COLE -
    A paper chandelier is an idea for adding whimsy -- a little magic -- for a special occasion. It’s dramatic, but in a not-too-serious kind of way. Steve Pigg, a staffer at The Charlotte Observer, helped make this one for an office party. But this would be a great focal point outdoors for a garden party or a similar event. This one is 5.5-feet wide and 4.5-feet tall.
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    CHUCK COLE -
    You don’t immediately think of an office lobby, such as this on at the Observer, as a party room. Chuck Cole, manager of Creative Services at the Observer, had the idea to use paper chandeliers to decorate this room for an after-work business reception.
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    CHUCK COLE -
    Before the event, Chuck Cole used Photoshop to show a mock-up of paper chandeliers and wall sconces hanging in the Observer lobby. This made it easier to share the idea with others and plan the rest of the decor for the event.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN -
    Work on the paper chandeliers took place just outside the Observer’s Newsroom. The work started with a template from the Internet. Creative Services Manager Chuck Cole add a second tier to the template, above the basic design shown here. The template was cut out and traced on foam board.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN -
    In addition to two chandeliers, the decorating plan also called for wall sconces. This is the basic template for that.
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    GARY NIELSON -
    These fasteners hold the six sides of the paper chandelier together.
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    GARY NIELSON -
    These fasteners hold the six sides of the paper chandelier together.
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    GARY NIELSON -
    These fasteners hold the six sides of the paper chandelier together.
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    GARY NIELSON -
    Chuck Cole attaches the fasteners to the sides of the chandelier.
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    GARY NIELSON -
    Chuck Cole has all three fasteners in place.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN -
    Here’s the finished chandelier, hanging in the lobby.
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    CHUCK COLE -
    These are the finished wall sconces.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN -
    On the day of the event, everything was in place, including a draped entryway.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN -
    Uplights with a red tent were placed around the room.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN -
    Of course, a party wouldn’t be complete without a few nibbles.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN -
    Rented furniture finished the design, which included a color scheme in white, black, red and silver.
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    KAREN SULLIVAN -
    Here’s the finished room, inspired by the paper chandeliers.
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