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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Crafty Christmas Tree Topper Ideas

A Christmas tree isn't complete without a pretty tree topper. Whether it's a simple bow, a beautiful bouquet, or a unique tree topper you can make yourself, these Christmas tree toppers will inspire your holiday decorating.

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    • Monogram Tree Topper

      A wooden block letter is transformed into a creative tree topper with some paint and holiday-color ribbon. Paint your letter a desired color; let dry. Measure strips of glittery ribbon to fit across your letter and adhere in place using hot glue. Secure a paper towel roll to the back of your letter with hot glue and slip onto top of tree.

    • Fleur-De-Lis Medallion Tree Topper

      Rolls of old book pages come together in this pretty paper tree topper with a vintage feel.

    • Photo Star Tree Topper

      Add instant charm to your Christmas tree with this easy tree topper. Cut a star shape from thick paper or cardstock. Cut out a black and white photo, mat it with colored paper, and glue it to the center of the star. Secure the star to a rolled paper cone or paper towel tube with glue, and carefully set your star on your tree's highest branches.

    • Jingle Bell Tree Topper

      For a look that's perfect for both indoor and outdoor trees, tie a big bow around a cob of red Indian corn. Hot-glue a small red ribbon to the bigger ribbon for a coordinated look. Use a wire to hang the bell from the Indian corn for a natural, musical tree topper.

    • Popsicle-Stick Snowflake Tree Topper

      Even if you don't have a white Christmas, your tree can be topped with the prettiest of snowflakes. Grab a bunch of Popsicle sticks and spray-paint them white; let dry. Using hot glue and starting with the base of the snowflake, glue the painted Popsicle sticks together, following the photo as a guide. Once your snowflake is finished, let it dry. Tuck into the top branches of your tree and secure with a bit of wire as needed.

    • Framed Silhouette Tree Topper

      This tree topper lends an antique look to your tree. Print a black silhouette on white paper. Cut it out, and fit the paper into a gold oval frame. Top the frame with a red bow and let the ribbon ends cascade down the branches.

      Editor's Tip: You can create a silhouette by tracing a family member's shadow onto white paper. Create a pattern, resize to fit your frame, and trim from black cardstock.

    • Peppermint Tree Topper

      This yummy tree topper makes for a sweet Christmas decoration. The fun red-and-white pattern will fit in with any decorating theme.

    • Holly-Hydrangea Tree Topper

      Wire big green faux hydrangeas to the top of your tree for an blooming tree topper that fits the Christmas color scheme. Let the leaves hang down to draw attention to the seasonal beauty.

    • Tinker Toys Tree Topper

      Craft a star from Tinker Toys for a whimsical and fun tree topper on the cheap. Use green, red, and yellow wooden sticks to make the star festive.

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      Top Hat Tree Topper

      An unused black hat makes the perfect addition to your Christmas tree. Wrap a light blue ribbon around a plain black hat; embellish with a button and a poinsettia bracht. Dust with a bit of fake snow, and put it on top of your tree for a fun and classic look.

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      Felt Star Tree Topper

      A big yellow star is a traditional tree topper, but when made from felt, this ornament literally becomes the star of the show. Cut two identical stars from yellow felt and stitch them together. Stick the star between two top branches. Don't worry about the star being perfect -- imperfections just add to the charm.

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      Bow Tree Topper

      A satin gold ribbon tied in a dainty bow to a top branch adds a lavish embellishment to your tree. Let the ends of the ribbon hang down to draw extra attention.

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      Paper Medallion Tree Topper

      For miniature trees, this paper topper is perfect. To make, cut holiday-color or pattern scrapbook paper to a 22x2-1/2-inch strip and accordion-fold along a scoring board. Gather into a fan shape and hot-glue the ends together to form a circle. Repeat this process with a smaller strip of solid-color paper. Using a round scallop punch, punch a tag from white cardstock and stamp a message with red ink. Layer the paper and adhere together using hot glue. Glue a strip of ribbon to the back of the paper to tie around the top of your tree.

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      Musical Star Tree Topper

      Star tree toppers are always popular. Give yours a twist of style by covering it with strips of Christmas carol sheet music and outline it with glitter.

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      Glittery Crown Tree Topper

      Crown your tree at Christmastime with this easy-to-make tree topper. Measure a strip of paper to fit around the top of your tree. Cut out triangles on one edge to form a crown shape, then secure the paper edges together with a bit of tape or glue. Slip over the top of your tree to give it a royal look.

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      Pearly White Tree Topper

      Make this glistening version of the ever-popular star tree topper from lengths of wired pearl beads. Twist five strands of pearls around a 3-inch foam circle to form a five-point star. Stick the pearl sprigs into the foam, and secure them with glue. Cut some pearls from extra sprigs and glue them to the front of the star to fill in the shape.

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      Burst of Color Tree Topper

      Make a custom tree topper by inserting narrow sticks into a foam ball. Spray-paint with the color of your choice. When dry, spray with spray adhesive and sprinkle with glitter. Tip: The topper will be most secure if one of the sticks is left long (about 18 inches) so it can be wired to a tree branch.

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      Big Bow Tree Topper

      Wired ribbon is the key to making a bow this large hold its shape. Make a colorful one, as shown, or choose more traditional Christmas colors.

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