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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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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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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4th of July Cake Recipes

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Pretty Chenille Poinsettia Garland

Make your own poinsettias using chenille for a Victorian-inspired adaptation of the beloved flower. Bend and twist four stems together and then wire beads to the center. Craft and join multiples for a fabulous garland.

What You Need

  • Red chenille bump stems (four for each flower)
  • 8-millimeter natural round wooden beads (six for each flower)
  • Thin wire

How to Make It

Note: One blossom measures about 5 1/2 inches across.

  1. Fold each end of a chenille stem to the center of the stem; twist the ends around the center.
  2. Pinch the stem at the folds to form the petal points. Shape the stem between the points and the center to create a double-petal piece. Make a total of four double-petal pieces.
  3. Layer the double-petal pieces in pairs to form two "X" shapes.
  4. Wire the pairs together at the center.
  5. Attach six beads to the center of each with wire.
  6. Make additional poinsettias for a garland in the same manner, except slip one end of a chenille stem through a petal of the adjacent poinsettia before folding it to the center and twisting the end in place.
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