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

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

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Beaded Snowflake Christmas Ornament

Start with a wire snowflake form, pick an assortment of beads to suit your fancy, and make a blizzard of these pretty Christmas snowflake ornaments.

What You'll Need

  • 6-inch-wide wire snowflake form (available from beadsmith.com)
  • 6 seed beads, size 11
  • 6 seed beads, size 6 or 8
  • 6-millimeter or 8-millimeter Czech fire-polished round beads: 12 each of two colors
  • 6 blown-glass oval beads
  • Pliers: chain-nose, round-nose, and flat-nose
  • Flush-cut wire cutters
  • 16-gauge sterling-silver dead-soft wire
  • 3/4-inch-diameter wooden dowel
  • Terry cloth hand towel
  • Steel bench block
  • Plastic-head mallet

How to Make It

1. Thread one wire of the snowflake form with beads as follows: size 11 seed bead, size 6 (or size 8) seed bead, round bead (color 1), round bead (color 2), blown-glass bead, round bead (color 2), round bead (color 1).

2. Using the chain-nose pliers, bend the wire just above the last bead toward you at a 45-degree angle.

3. Using the wire cutters, trim the wire 3/8 inch from the bend. Use the round-nose pliers to bend exposed 3/8-inch length of wire into a loop. Close the loop tight using the flat-nose or chain-nose pliers.

4. Repeat the previous steps with the remaining five snowflake wires.

5. Using the wire cutters, cut a 3-3/4-inch piece of sterling-silver wire. Using the round-nose pliers, form a small loop at one end of the wire. Referring to Illustration 1, form the large curve of the hook using the dowel to assist with shaping.

6. Turn the hook with the straight end up. Using the chain-nose pliers, grab the wire at the base of the straight portion of the hook. Bend the straight wire over the edge of the pliers at a 90-degree angle so the wire (when turned hook-side up) resembles the number 2.

7. Trim the wire 3/8 inch from the bend. Referring to Illustration 2 and using round-nose pliers, create a loop at the end of the wire that will fit the ornament. Finish shaping hook as shown.

8. Fold the terry cloth hand towel into quarters. Set bench block on folded towel and place hook on the bench block. Use the mallet to pound and harden the hook.

9. With the chain-nose pliers in one hand and the flat-nose pliers in the other, open the bottom loop. Thread the open loop onto the loop of the beaded snowflake; close the loop.

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