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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New Life for Old Christmas Ornaments

Turn scratched and worn Christmas ornaments into like-new holiday treasures with our ornament makeover ideas.

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    • Merry Makeovers

      Let's face it: We all have dinged-up ornaments that we don't have the heart to toss. The bowlful shown here includes examples of the dented, scratched, and just plain tacky ornaments we're talking about. See how they can be helped.

    • Silver Salvage

      Problem: Stripes in red and bright yellow-gold were unappealing, and the ornament looked dated, cheap, and plasticlike.

      Solution: Coat the ornament with matte silver spray paint; let dry. Glue on beads to create glistening vertical stripes. Finish with a big sheer silver bow tied to the top.

    • Ribbon Rescue

      Problem: Ornament was cracked and seemed destined for the trash.

      Solution: Cut 5/8-inch ribbon into 1-1/2- and 2-inch-long strips (for an average-size ornament). Glue the strips to the ball, starting at the bottom with three rows of shorter strips and finishing the middle and top with longer strips. Creative use of ribbon, flapper-style, saved this ball from the trash.

    • Velvet Ribbon Revival

      Problem: Surface was scratched because it rubbed against other decorations while in storage.

      Solution: Hide the scratches with velvet ribbon. Apply a line of hot glue to the ornament, starting at the top and going all the way around the ball. Adhere a strip of ribbon to the ball. Repeat so you have six evenly spaced ribbon lines running down the ball. Glue ribbon loops to the top of the ball so they drape over the ball. For the topper, fold over some ribbon three times, going back and forth, so it looks as if you laid three bows on top of each other. Make a final loop around the center of the layered ribbon, and tie or glue to the top.

    • Sparkling Restoration

      Problem: Some of the surface paint had been removed, resulting in a blotchy appearance.

      Solution: Embrace the blotches by using them as an unusual background. Apply hot glue to the ball in swirling shapes; let dry. Carefully peel off the dried glue to remove more paint to create a swirled design. Hot-glue beads or ball chain to the ornament in a swirled pattern that does not match the peeled paint. The resulting mottled look sparkles on a lighted tree.

    • Snowy Rebirth

      Problem: Another plain clear ornament needed something -- anything -- added.

      Solution: Remove the ornament's metal top. Fill the ornament about one-half to two-thirds with artificial snow, glitter, Epsom salts, or sugar. Put top back on. Adhere silvery snowflake decals designed for scrapbooking to the ornament. Loop a string of crafts store beads or an office supply ball chain through the top; tie the beads into a bow.

    • Paint Preservation

      Problem: This uninteresting clear-ball ornament seemed like an unfinished crafts project.

      Solution: Remove the metal top. Paint the inside of the ball with pink spray paint, swirling around until it sticks and starts to dry. Let dry; put top back on. Use stencils and acrylic paint to personalize the ball with a name or a short holiday greeting. Tie a pink bow to the top.

    • Green Recovery

      Problem: With its atrocious fluorescent yellow color, this ugly duckling had no chance of being chosen for a Christmas tree.

      Solution: Lightly coat the surface with lime-green acrylic paint; let dry. If desired, add a second coat and rub off some of the paint while it's wet. Paint the metal top silver to cover the cheap-looking gold color. To ruffle a striped wire-edge ribbon, pull one side of the wire. Hot-glue the pulled side to the top of the ornament, letting the rest fluff out.

    • Split Pea Repair

      Problem: Dents marred the surface of this basic, boring plastic ornament.

      Solution: Head to the grocery store to purchase a bag of dried split peas. Glue the split peas onto the ornament to create a fun polka-dot pattern that disguises the dents. Add a pea-color satin ribbon for hanging. For a similar look, glue craft-store beads or rhinestones to a plain ball.

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