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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How to Make Festive Bows

Need a fun gift-wrapping idea? Learn how to tie a bow (or three) to make your next gift gorgeous. We'll show you how to make a classic, layered, or rosette bow.

How to Make Bows: Get Started!

Use bows to embellish a package for little expense. Master these three simple bow-making techniques and your gifts will always stand out in a crowd. To make handmade bows you'll need:

  • Ribbon in your color(s) of choice
  • Sharp scissors
  • Double-stick tape (for layered bow)
  • Ruler (for layered bow)
  • Florist's wire (for rosette bow)

Read on for our videos and how-to techniques.

Love gifting? Check out our handmade gift ideas!

How to Make a Classic Bow

Classic Bow Instructions:

Step 1

1. Make two loops in the ribbon. Form the left loop first. Make sure the tails of the ribbon are in back and that the slack between the two loops points toward you.

Step 2

2. Cross the left loop over the right loop.

Step 3

3. Continue wrapping the left loop over and behind the right loop. Pull it through the opening created in the slack area, and form a loose knot.

Step 4

4. Adjust the loops and tails, then pull the loops to tighten the knot. Trim tails on an angle.

Make a Layered Bow

Layered Bow Instructions

Step 1

1. Cut several pieces of ribbon, each two inches longer than the previous one. For the center loop, cut a piece two to three times as long as the ribbon is wide.

Step 2

2. With ribbon facedown, adhere a piece of double-stick tape to the center of each ribbon. Fold ends to the center and press to adhere, forming two loops. Tape ends of center loop together. For the bottom layer, cut a piece of ribbon slightly longer than the longest looped piece, and notch the ends.

Step 3

3. Stack the looped ribbons on top of the bottom layer from longest to shortest. Adhere the centers with double-stick tape.

Step 4

4. Center the bow on the package. Thread a long ribbon through the center loop and wrap it around the package, securing the bow using tape.

Make a Rosette Bow

Rosette Bow Instructions

Step 1

1. Wrap the ribbon around your palm eight to 10 times.

Step 2

2. Hold the wrapped ribbon between your thumb and fingers, and use scissors to notch the ribbon at the center point on each side, cutting through every layer. If your ribbon is too thick to cut all the layers at once, cut half at a time.

Step 3

3. Wrap florist's wire around the ribbon in the notches. Twist the wire tightly and trim the ends.

Step 4

4. Spread out the loops. Add tails to the bottom of the rosette if desired.

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