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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Adorable Snowman Gift Boxes

For gift boxes as memorable as the treasures inside, paint one of these little gems.

What You Need

  • Graphite paper
  • Papier-mache boxes: 4 1/2 x 4 1/2x  2 1/2 inches square; 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches square; 3-inch-diameter circle, and 3-1/4-inch-tall star.
  • FolkArt acrylic paints: Burnt Umber (BU), Huckleberry (HB), Licorice (LI), Terra Cotta (TC), Turner's Yellow (TY), and Warm White (WW)
  • Brown watercolor pencil
  • Spray sealant
  • Black waterproof markers: extra-fine-tip and fine-tip (We used Sharpie Permanent Markers.)
  • Snowflake punches: small and large (We used EK Success punches.)
  • Decoupage medium

Download Snowman Pattern

How to Make It

  1. Trace the patterns onto tracing paper. Use graphite paper to transfer the designs onto the top surfaces of the lids.
  2. Refer to the photograph to paint the lids. Use WW to paint the snowmen, ground, hat stripes, snowballs, and border on the top surface of the lids. Paint the scarves, hat stripes, earmuffs, cardinal, bucket, and sides of the lid HB. Use TY for the cat and the star. Paint the carrot noses and the stripes on the cat TC. With BU, paint the stick arms and the star's wand. Add WW highlights to the scarf on the largest lid. Let the paint dry.
  3. Use a brown watercolor pencil to add shading to the WW areas of the lids. Moisten a fine-tip brush with water and dab off the excess. Use the dampened brush to blend the watercolor pencil; let dry. Spray the lid with sealant.
  4. Use an extra-fine-tip marker to trace over the design lines, outlining the shapes and adding the details. Fill in the background area inside the WW border of the lid with a black fine-tip marker or paint with LI.
  5. Apply two coats of LI to all interior surfaces of the lid and all surfaces of the box base, letting dry between coats.
  6. Punch snowflakes from white paper. Use decoupage medium to adhere them to the outside surfaces of the box base. When you're pleased with the arrangement, apply a light coat of the medium to the sides of the box base, covering the snowflakes; let dry.
  7. Mix a few drops of BU with the decoupage medium in a disposable container. Apply two coats of this mixture to all exterior surfaces of the box base and lid, letting the mixture dry between applications.
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