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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Easy-to-Make Snowflake Ornaments

No two snowflakes are alike -- and just as the saying goes, these adorable snowflake ornaments are unique Christmas crafts you can make your very own.

Christmas Day Snowflake Ornament

Use this snowflake ornament to celebrate the iconic day of the Christmas season, or switch up the numbers in the bottle cap to mark another significant date or number, such as an anniversary or the number of Christmases you've spent with someone.

Instructions:

  1. Punch a small hole in the top of a chipboard snowflake (available at crafts stores).
  2. Paint the snowflake with silver glitter paint, or paint with silver paint and immediately coat with glitter; let dry. Paint the mandala-shape chipboard or cardstock cutout with white paint; let dry. Paint the inside of the bottle cap red; let dry.
  3. Press desired scrapbooking stickers -- here we show the number 25 to represent Christmas day -- into the center of the bottle cap. Stamp the inside of the bottle cap with a Christmas message.
  4. Using crafts glue, adhere the mandala shape to the snowflake. Glue the bottle cap to the center of the mandala.
  5. Thread ribbon through the small hole at the top of the snowflake ornament; tie into a bow and hang.

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Salt-Dough Snowflake Ornaments

Though these delicate snowflake ornaments look tasty, they're not edible -- so don't mix them up with the Christmas cookies!

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the dough: Mix 1/2 cup salt, 1 cup flour, and 1/2 cup water until sticky.
  2. Roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness, and cut out snowflake shapes with cookie cutters; use a skewer to pierce a hole for hanging.
  3. Bake the shapes for 4 hours in a 200 degrees F oven.
  4. When cool, draw hearts, squiggles, and dots on the ornaments with a red permanent marker.
  5. Hang the ornaments on the Christmas tree from loops of festive twine or yarn.

Framed Snowflake Ornament

Send a warm holiday greeting with this simple-to-make snowflake ornament.

Instructions:

  1. Paint two different wooden snowflake shapes white; let dry.
  2. Glue the snowflakes on top of each other and fit them inside a wood frame, using dabs of glue at the ends of the bottom snowflake to secure it to the frame. 
  3. Cut holiday-theme scrapbook paper to fit the frame edges; glue in place. 
  4. Using rub-on transfers, rub a holiday message onto the front of the top painted snowflake.
  5. Coat the ornament with varnish; let dry. Add a ribbon hanger.

Clothespin and Crafts-Stick Snowflake Ornaments

Our contemporary take on classic Swedish straw ornaments combines crafts sticks (or clothespins) with wooden rounds to create different snowflake forms.

Clothespin Snowflake Ornament Instructions:

  1. Glue six small-size doll clothespins to a medium-size wooden circle, positioning the clothespins near the outside edge.
  2. Hot-glue a small wooden circle to the center front of the snowflake ornament, then glue a 1/2-inch-diameter button plug to the center of the circle.

Crafts-Stick Snowflake Ornament Instructions:

  1. Overlap four crafts sticks to form a snowflake shape and hot-glue them to a medium-size wooden circle.
  2. Glue a small-size wooden circle to the center of the snowflake ornament, then attach a 1/2-inch-diameter button plug to finish the ornament.

Colorful Snowflake Ornaments

Make a colorful flurry of snowflake ornaments in all shapes and sizes to decorate your Christmas tree this holiday season.

Instructions:

  1. Fold a square of strudy decorative paper in half diagonally, then in half again.
  2. Make small cuts on all sides of the folded paper.
  3. Open, press flat, and outline the edges with crafts glue and glitter.

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