Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

The star of your patriotic menu will be this flag-shape dessert featuring bright red raspberries, tart blueberries, and dough cut in stripes and star shapes. Despite the masterpiece finish, it's actually quite simple to make.

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Easy 4th of July Decorations

Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with our red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations. From flags to fireworks, these easy decorations cover every July 4th theme you can think of -- and they're cute to boot.

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Our Favorite July 4th Recipes

Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.

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Festive July 4th Desserts

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive 4th of July desserts! With star-shape scones and piecrusts, tempting tarts, colorful shakes, and fresh berries, these recipes for 4th of July desserts are sure to stand out at your patriotic celebration.

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Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.

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4th of July Cake Recipes

Headed to a 4th of July potluck? Cakes are a dreamy way to end the day (well, that and fireworks), and our collection of berry-topped cakes, lush chocolate cakes, swirled sprinkle cakes, and layered red velvet cakes are worth their own oohs and aahs.

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

Make our DIY party cocktail -- that includes just a few tasty ingredients -- for an adults-only drink everyone can agree on. Cut-up star fruit provides a gorgeous base inside your drink pitcher.

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Easy & Inexpensive Christmas Wreaths

Make an elegant holiday wreath using simple supplies found at your local crafts store, florist shop, or grocery store.

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    • Making Memories Wreath

      Capture the spirit of holidays past with this unique photo wreath. Insert favorite family photos in lightweight purchased or handmade picture frames. Then hot-glue the frames to an evergreen-base wreath. Add colorful ribbons and ball ornaments between the frames using hot glue or wire. See the next slide for more wreath tips.

    • Making Memories Wreath Tip

      Cover cardboard strips with scraps of wrapping paper to create a colorful, low-cost frame for your photos. Dabs of hot glue or strips of double-sided tape can hold the sides of the frame in place. See the next slide for another wreath tip.

    • Evergreen & Grape Wreath

      Get the look of two wreaths in one: A 4-wire wreath form (available at crafts stores) provides the structure for this layered look of artificial grapes and fresh evergreen boughs. See the next slide for more directions.

    • Evergreen & Grape Wreath How-To

      Wire artificial grapes to the innermost circle of a 4-wire wreath form, packing them tightly. Continue to add grapes until the band is 2-3 inches wide. Clip pine or spruce branches into small stems and insert between the wires of the wreath form, as shown. Clip small branches of cedar and insert them over the branches and under the grapes.

    • Merry Carnation Wreath

      Greet holiday guests with a cheery red wreath of carnations. The inexpensive blooms are easy to come by at your local florist. See the next slide for directions.

      Editor's Tip: To prolong the freshness of the carnations, store the arrangements in a cool area when not in use.

    • Merry Carnation Wreath How-To

      Soak a florist's foam wreath shape in water following the manufacturer's instructions. Trim the carnation stems to about 3 inches. (You'll need approximately 80 carnations for a 16-inch-diameter wreath.) Insert the carnations into the form until the surface is covered. Tie a bow with wide red ribbon, twist wire around the middle of the bow, and poke the wire into the wreath form.

    • Buttoned-Up Wreath

      For a cute-as-a-button project, try this simple idea. Using a cardboard base, hot-glue various-size buttons in layers until the wreath looks full. Hang with holiday ribbon on the back of a chair or simply hang from a door to greet holiday guests. See the next slide for more tips.

    • Buttoned-Up Wreath How-To

      Go creative with your choices of buttons: Use traditional Christmas colors of red, green, and white, or colors that coordinate with your home's decor. Pick a ribbon that goes with your color theme to pull the look together.

    • Sparkling Ice Wreath

      Combine elements from nature for a wreath designed for the great outdoors. Gather berries, greenery, and pinecones, and place in a fancy Bundt or round baking pan (there are more tips for using a plain round pan on the next slide). Add water, place the pan outside or in the freezer, and let the cold air do the rest. Simply tie twine or ribbon around the wreath to hang from a nearby branch. See the next slide for more directions.

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      Sparkling Ice Wreath How-To

      If you use a regular round baking pan, start by placing a small dish in the center to make the wreath. Arrange berries, holly, birdseed, greenery, and pinecones inside the pan as desired. Fill with water and freeze (in your freezer or outdoors). Once frozen, dip the bottom of the pan in warm water to loosen the ice wreath. Loop raffia around the wreath and hang from a tree branch.

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      Seaside Wreath

      Who says Christmas wreaths can't have an oceanside aura? Use ordinary seashells and ball ornaments to create this refreshing wreath. The next slide shows you more.

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      Seaside Wreath How-To

      Get started by using hot glue to fasten deer moss or Spanish moss to a twig wreath. Next, use hot glue to add seashells of various sizes, placing them at random spots along the wreath. Add dried flowers and ball ornaments in coordinating colors to finish the look.

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      Pretty Bow Wreath

      Making this holiday wreath is as simple as tying a bow. To add depth and variety, choose ribbon in three coordinating colors. The next slide shows you how to get started.

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      Bow Wreath How-To

      Cover a foam base with wide ribbon in one of your chosen colors. Use hot glue to secure the ends. Tie simple bows and hot-glue them to the wreath, alternating ribbon colors until the entire form is covered. Use hot glue to embellish the wreath with small artificial berries.

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      Winter Wonderland Wreath

      Looking for a wreath that will stay decoratively relevant beyond Christmas? Opt for wintery blue ribbon and crystal white embellishments, which will give the wreath a holiday spin with a look that will last all winter. Hot-glue crystal picks to an evergreen wreath and wrap crystal garland around the wreath's branches. Thread a clear snowflake ornament onto a length of wide blue ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the top of the wreath and secure with a knot in the back. Go to the next slide for a how-to on the Winter Wonderland Wreath's bow.

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      Winter Wonderland Wreath How-To

      For the bow, start with 4 yards of 3- to 5-inch-wide ribbon. Make a 6-inch loop 36 inches from one end of the ribbon (this will become one of the tails). Make another 6-inch loop to form a figure eight, pinching both loops together in the center of the figure eight. Repeat to make two 7-inch loops on each side, stacking and pinching them in the center. Cut the ribbon to form a second tail the same length as the first. Wrap florist's wire around the bow's center and then wrap a short length of ribbon over it to conceal the wire. Fluff the loops, fold the tails lengthwise and cut a V in the ends, and wire onto the wreath.

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      Kumquat Leaf

      Show off winter's brightest fruit -- the kumquat. Kumquat's bright orange color makes for a cheery wreath, and the fruit's leaves are a nice change of pace from evergreens. See the next slide for more directions.

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      Kumquat Wreath How-To

      Wire branches of kumquat leaves (or another variety) to a 12-inch-diameter brass ring. Cut a length of wire to fit around the ring, adding about 6 inches to the 12-inch-diamter. Thread a large-eye embroidery needle onto the wire, then string with fresh kumquats. (You'll need about 19 kumquats for a 12-inch wreath.) Wire the strand of kumquats to the ring and tie a bow at the top.

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      Cinnamon Stick Wreath

      Start with a foam base to create this deliciously scented cinnamon-stick wreath for the holidays. See the next slide for steps on how to make the wreath.

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      Cinnamon Stick Wreath How-To

      Begin by wrapping the foam base with a 2-inch-wide ribbon, covering the base completely and using hot glue to secure the ends. Next, hot-glue cinnamon sticks around the base in layers, filling in holes with smaller cut pieces. For added color, embellish with small sprigs of red holly berries or small ball ornaments. Hang with a bright ribbon.

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      Bejeweled Wreath

      Satin ribbon and smooth polished stones bring glamour to a plain wreath form, adding shine to your Christmas decor. See the next slide for more directions.

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      Jewel Wreath How-To

      Wrap a wreath form with wide ribbon, securing with hot-glue if desired. Hot-glue flat glass stones onto the wreath. Wrap a ribbon around the top and tie in a loop for a hanger. Finish the wreath by pinning a broach onto the wreath as shown, or hot-gluing a small ornament in place.

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      Trimmed in Red Wreath

      Give a ubiquitous evergreen wreath a stand-out presence by hot-gluing small twigs and berry bunches among its needles. Wrap ribbon around a spray of tulips (or other red flowers), wire the bundle to the wreath, and top with a bow. See the next slide for more directions.

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      Trimmed in Red Wreath How-To

      To make the bow, start with 4 yards of 3- to 5-inch-wide wire-edge ribbon. Make a 5-inch loop 20 inches from one end (this will become one of the tails). Make another 5-inch loop to form a figure eight, pinching both loops together in the center of the figure eight. Repeat to make three loops on each side, stacking and pinching them in the center as shown. Cut the ribbon to form a second tail the same length as the first. Wrap the bow center with florist's wire, catching a small ribbon loop in with the wire to form a knot to cover the wire. Fluff the loops, fold the tails lengthwise and cut a V in the ends, and wire onto the wreath.

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      Snowball Wreath

      Hot-glue fuzzy white pom-poms over three small foam wreaths, overlapping the pom-poms to fill in any gaps. Cut a length of ribbon and hot-glue the wreaths to the ribbon. Tie extra ribbon into a simple bow and hot-glue it in place at the top.

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      Snowball Wreath Tip

      Look at the wreaths from all angles to make sure you have completely covered the foam bases.

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      Easy Low-Cost Christmas Projects

      Keep holiday spending under control with these innovative and easy Christmas crafts that spread holiday cheer. We have tons of Christmas projects for you to try, including holiday door decorations and festive table toppers -- all available on a budget!
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