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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DIY Christmas Decorations

Dress up your home for the holidays with these DIY Christmas decorations. Not only are the seasonal Christmas crafts a unique way to add holiday spirit to your home, but they're just as easy as they are festive. Try one (or all) of our DIY Christmas decorations this holiday season.


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    • Christmas DIY for the Walls: Fringe Christmas Tree

      Festive homemade artwork add a classic, vintage feel to your Christmas decor.

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Decoupage a canvas with old book pages and glue on crushed velvet fringe in a tree shape. Vintage buttons and beads glued to the fringe become ornaments; an old brooch makes a pretty tree topper.

    • Christmas DIY for Gifts: Photo Gift Tags

      Old and new family snapshots add a meaningful flourish to holiday decor.

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Print digital photos onto plain white cardstock; cut into decorative shapes and sizes. Punch a hole in the top of the tag and thread cotton twine or ribbon through to attach.

    • Christmas DIY for Gifts: Clay Ornaments

      Get the kids together to help make these DIY Christmas ornaments (Tip: They work just as well as gift decorations!).

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Use soft modeling clay and let kids cut out with cookie cutters, just as you would with real cookie dough. Poke a hanging hole using a straw; bake according to package directions. When cool and dry, paint and add crafts embellishments as desired. 

    • Christmas DIY for the Walls: Snowflake Wreath

      Perfect for a cold-weather afternoon, this snowflake is made from an inexpensive material: paint sticks.

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Simply paint the wood pieces, glue together in a snowflake pattern, and secure a few pine branches for contrast. Hang with a pretty ribbon in a complementary color.

    • Christmas DIY for the Table: Simple Pear Centerpiece

      Get step-by-step instructions for creating this easy Christmas centerpiece.

    • Christmas DIY for the Table: Snowflake Decor

      Kids will love cutting out the graphic snowflake shapes of this simple DIY Christmas table decoration made from colored paper napkins.

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Download our free pattern, place at the napkin's folded corner, trace, and cut out.

    • Christmas DIY for the Mantel: Felted Owls

      Snuggly and lovable, these owls make pretty mantel decorations as well as sweet gifts for kids. Made from wool roving, they are easily accented with different eye-ring colors and body dots.

    • Christmas DIY for the Mantel: Wooden Garland

      Remake simple wooden disks into a snowflake-inspired Christmas garland.

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Punch snowflakes from colored cardstock and adhere to round wooden disks using crafts glue. Kids will have fun stringing 3/4-inch wooden beads onto perle cotton thread (bigger kids can use a tapestry needle).

    • Christmas DIY for the Tree: Painted Ornaments

      Elegant and artful, these ornaments are simply glass globes dressed up with freehand paint patterns.

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Use a white paint pen to add swirls, teardrops, and tiny dots to store-bought glass ornaments for a wintry-covered, colorful landscape.

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      Christmas DIY for the Tree: Homemade Ornaments

      Watch our video to learn quick and easy ways to make DIY ornaments to decorate your tree or give to friends and family.

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      Christmas DIY for the Tree: Sweet Gnome Ornaments

      Felted caps and wool roving made into beards are all you need to easily transform nature-walk pinecone finds into quirky Christmas gnomes.

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      Christmas DIY for the Tree: Salt Dough Ornaments

      Salt dough is another popular Christmas DIY project that's both festive and kid-friendly.

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Start by making the dough: Mix 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup flour, and 1/2 cup water until sticky. Roll it to 1/4 inch thick and cut out snowflake shapes with cookie cutters. Use a straw to punch a hole for hanging. Bake for 4 hours in a 200˚F oven. When cool, let kids draw hearts, squiggles, and dots with a marking pen.

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      Christmas DIY for the Tree: Scandinavian Ornaments

      A collection of pretty, folk-inspired ornaments are striking enough to stand on their own yet simple enough to complement a traditional Christmas tree

      Make the Christmas decoration:
      Cut out three or more layers of felt (matching colors for front and back, complementary hues for visual depth). Hot-glue together if desired, or simply attach with a variety of straight stitches and curlicues. Hot-glue a long ribbon to the top of each ornament for hanging.

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      FREE DIY Download!

      Learn how to make this wreath and 14 other great DIY decorations, plus get free patterns and complete how-to for all the projects. It's free!

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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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