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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Festive Red & White Gift Wrapping Ideas

Presentation counts! Top a holiday gift in festive flair with simple paper embellishments.

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    • Pretty Gift Wrapping Ideas

      Paper garnishes -- from shapely flowers to ornate stamped medallions -- give any gift extra impact. Nontraditional containers, such as tubes and wooden boxes wrapped in coordinating papers and trimmings, make gifts more special. We'll show you how to make them.

    • Gift Container with Hanging Paper Flowers

      Give a wine-bottle holder new life with pretty trim and hanging flowers.

      To make the gift container, follow these steps:

      1. Wrap decorative paper around the lower third of a balsa-wood wine-bottle holder or similar container, adhering with hot glue or double-sided tape.

      2. Thread a piece of yarn through punched holes in two paper flowers. Knot ends to keep yarn in place.

      3. Tape or hot-glue the yarn to the top of the container, letting the paper flowers dangle.

      4. Wrap ribbon around the top of the container.

      Next, learn how to make the paper flowers.

    • How to Make Paper Flower Gift Embellishments

      To make a paper flower gift embellishment, follow these steps:

      1. Cut same-size strips of decorative paper.

      2. Tape ends of individual strips together for looped petals.

      3. Use double-sided tape to adhere petals side by side, forming a circle.

      4. Tape or glue punched shapes to the flower center.

    • Bonus Paper Flower Idea

      Love making paper flowers? Use them as tree ornaments as well as gift wrap. Simply add a loop of string or yarn and hang.

      Next, see paper bow embellishments.

    • Gift Box with Paper Bow Embellishments

      Make the container part of the gift -- a sturdy little box looks great decorated with pretty paper and paper bows.

      To make the gift box, follow these steps:

      1. Cut decorative paper to fit around the sides of a small wooden box with a lid. Adhere the paper with double-stick tape or hot glue.

      2. Attach a paper bow to the center of the lid.

      Next, learn how to make a paper bow.

    • How to Make Paper Bow Embellishments

      To make a paper bow, follow these steps:

      1. Cut four same-size strips of decorative paper.

      2. Tape the ends of a strip together in the middle, overlapping slightly. Repeat for remaining strips.

      3. Crisscross the four taped strips to form the bow, adhering with hot glue in the center of each layer.

      4. Glue or tape punched shapes to the center of the bow. For a button center, glue or use a needle and a strand of embroidery floss to stitch through the layers.

    • Stackable Gift Box with Big Flower Bow

      Think flower power on this one: Topped with a big bloom, this package is sure to make someone smile. The "box" is actually two stacked trays -- oh, so clever!

      To make the gift box, follow these steps:

      1. Purchase two small wooden trays.

      2. Adhere decorative paper cut to fit the outside bottom of one tray using hot glue.

      3. Insert gift, then flip the tray with the decorative paper upside down and stack it on the other tray to form a box.

      4. Wrap the box with wide ribbon, threading it through the tray handles to secure the two trays. Tape the ribbon ends on the bottom of the bottom tray.

      5. Attach a paper flower bloom to the top. If desired, tape the hanging loop in one of the handles.

      Next, learn how to make the paper flower bow.

    • How to Make a Big Flower Bow Gift Embellishment

      To make a big flower bow gift embellishment, follow these steps:

      1. Cut same-size strips of decorative paper.

      2. Tape ends of individual strips together to make looped petals.

      3. Use double-sided tape to adhere petals side by side, forming a circle.

      4. Tape or glue punched shapes to the center of the bloom.

      5. Punch a hole in a top petal and thread string, yarn, cording, or embroidery floss through the hole for a hanging loop.

    • Small Gift Container with Stamped Flower Embellishment

      A small wood container with a see-through lid offers a way to preview what's inside.

      To make the gift container, follow these steps:

      1. Wrap decorative paper around the bottom of a small balsa-wood container, adhering with hot glue or double-sided tape.

      3. Tape or hot-glue ribbon to the lid of the container.

      4. Attach a stamped flower to the lid.

      Next, learn how to make a stamped flower.

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      How to Make Stamped Flower Gift Embellishments

      To make a stamped flower embellishment, follow these steps:

      1. Stamp a large flower or snowflake stamp onto white cardstock several times, each with a different color of ink.

      2. Cut out the stamped designs and layer them as desired. Cut out an ornament shape from the layers.

      3. Decorate the center of the ornament with small punched shapes.

      4. Punch a hole in the top of the ornament and string with embroidery floss.

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      Slide-Out Gift Container with Stamped Ornament Embellishments

      Wrap decorative paper around a drawer organizer for a clever container that can hold cookies and more goodies.

      To make the slide-out gift container, follow these steps:

      1. Cut decorative paper or wrapping paper to fit around a rectangular drawer organizer.

      2. Fill the container with a gift, then wrap the two long sides, leaving the short sides unwrapped. Secure the paper on the bottom using tape.

      3. Wrap ribbon around the center, adhering on the bottom using tape.

      4. Tie two stamped paper ornaments onto the ribbon.

      Next, learn how to make the ornaments.

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      How to Make Stamped Ornament Gift Embellishments

      To make a stamped ornament embellishment, follow these steps:

      1. Stamp a large snowflake or medallionlike stamp onto white cardstock several times, each with a different color of ink.

      2. Cut out the stamped designs and layer them as desired. Cut out an ornament shape from the layers.

      3. Decorate the center of the ornament with small punched shapes.

      4. Punch a hole in the top of the ornament and string with embroidery floss.

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      Bonus Ornament Idea

      Layer the stamps differently for a fresh look. Change the location of the punched shapes, as well (this one's near the top by the hole-punch) to customize the look.

      Next, see 3-D gift embellishments.

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      Gift Wrap with Pop-Up Paper Trees

      Parasol-inspired trees turn a plain package into a 3-D wonderland.

      To wrap the box, follow these steps:

      1. Wrap a gift with kraft paper.

      2. Adhere ribbon around the box so it crosses the top in two places.

      3. Add a punched name tag and other punched shapes.

      4. Use an adhesive dot or double-sided tape to adhere a few pop-up trees to the package.

      Next, learn how to make the pop-up trees.

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      How to Make Pop-Up Paper Tree Gift Embellishments

      To make a pop-up tree, follow these steps:

      1. Cut three circles, each 1/2-inch larger than the previous, from decorative paper.

      2. Fold each circle in half four times; snip the tip of each to make a small hole. Unfold to reveal the "pleated" circle.

      3. Thread the circles, largest one first, onto a wooden skewer; glue the undersides in place if needed, and leave space for a topper.

      4. Glue two small shapes back-to-back over the top of the skewer for the topper.

      5. Cut the skewer even with the bottom circle so the tree stands up, or leave some length to poke through a wrapped box.

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      More Gift Wrapping Ideas

      Get more ideas for creating personal, special packages where the fun is in the presentation.

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      Easy Handmade Gift Bows for Christmas

      Get the look of expensive department store gift wrap in no time and for little money. Top your Christmas gifts with beautiful handmade bows.
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