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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Dazzling Beads Christmas Ornament

For ornaments that dazzle, decorate satin-finish balls with dimensional paint and shower them with the tiniest of beads.

Add deep hues and sparkle to your Christmas tree with these easy-to-make custom ornaments. You start with a purchased ball ornament, then use dimensional paint and minuscule beads to add shimmering metallic patterns. Use our stylized tree design or create your own.

Materials and Tools

This freehand star is another design option.
  • Tree pattern (see below)
  • Tiny glass marbles (gold and crystal)
  • 2 paper cups
  • 3-1/2-inch-diameter satin ball ornaments (red and blue)
  • Small glass
  • Large, wide shoebox lid
  • Ribbon or cord (for hanging ornament)

Download Tree Pattern

Instructions

Applying dimensional paint.

1. Download and print out the tree pattern. Use this pattern as a reference while drawing on your ornament. For most crafters, there's no need to transfer the pattern to the ball.

2. Pour the tiny glass marbles into paper cups, keeping the colors separate. Working one ornament motif at a time, apply dimensional paint in an overall pattern of coils, snowflakes, or stars. Or decorate one with a single stylized tree. To keep the ornament from rolling away, rest it in the small glass.

Pouring the beads.

3. Immediately hold the ornament over the shoebox lid and sprinkle with the tiny glass marbles. Hang the ornament and allow it to dry for at least six hours before adding the next motif. Return the marbles to the paper cup after each use. After the ornament is completely decorated and dry, trim with ribbon or cord for hanging.

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