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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Christmas Ornament Crafts

Keep these handmade Christmas ornaments for yourself or use them as one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season. Each of these 20+ Christmas ornament crafts is easy to make and perfect for this year's Christmas decorating.


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    • Glitzy Globe Ornaments

      Don't be fooled by their glamorous look -- these glitzy globes are easier to make than you think. Start by punching festive designs from double-sided adhesive sheets -- make snowflakes, tree shapes, and more. Once ready, stick them on plain glass ornaments. A sprinkle of red glitter adds a sparkling finish.

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    • 25 Days Ornaments

      Count down the days until Christmas with bright and cheery paper ornaments. Cut colorful double-sided cardstock into various-size squares, then, using bold ink, stamp each square with a number (1-25). Use a hole punch and some string to hang. They'll look fabulous on your tree or in a bouquet of fallen backyard branches! 

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    • Paper Poinsettia Ornament

      Try this fresh paper spin on one of your favorite holiday flowers: the poinsettia. Made with red cardstock, glue, and a few pom-poms, this simple ornament is almost as pretty as the real deal. To make, cut the cardstock into five small tear-drop shapes. Fold each in half lengthwise and crease, then unfold. Using hot glue, adhere the round ends to create the flower center. Finish by bedazzling with mini white pom-poms.

    • Bedazzled Paper Ornaments

      Like a little glitz and glam around Christmastime? Us, too! These patterned ornaments get their done-up look from festive paper, mini pom-poms, ribbon, gems, and glue. Experiment with colors, play with patterns -- no matter how you assemble them, they're sure to sparkle.


      Editor's Tip: Little ones crafting, too? We recommend cutting easy ornament shapes they can use to trace.

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    • Sweet Birdy Ornaments

      Who says gift tags are for presents only? The little labels double as ornaments, thanks to out-of-the-box thinking and a few simple supplies. Make these easy bird ornaments by cutting the bodies from red or white glitter paper (to avoid the mess of traditional glitter) then draw the details using markers and a gel pen. The charming two-in-one tags ensure nothing goes to waste this holiday. 

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    • How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments

      One of the most customizable ornament ideas ever! Return to the classic technique of salt dough to create ornaments in any shape, color, and style you can dream up.

    • Paper Star Ornament

      Fold it right there! Save some room on your Christmas tree for these easy yet dazzling paper stars. Start by printing our free pattern, then finish by gluing on a sweet holiday message.  

    • Snowman Ornaments

      Do you want to build a snowman? Look no further! Stitched from cozy scraps of felt, these cute-as-can-be snowmen are kid-friendly and perfect for decorating. Send them along with presents or hang them on your tree -- either way, they're sure to melt your heart this holiday season.

    • Fabric Star Ornament

      These whimsical star ornaments can be made with scraps and accents you already have on hand. Cut out five paired sets of triangles of varying size and two center circles in a complementary color. Attach one set of triangles to one circle, overlapping the corners just slightly; repeat with the other side. Join the two sides, leaving a small hole. Fill with fiberfill stuffing and hand-stitch the opening closed. Attach beads and a ribbon loop for hanging.

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      Chalk Design Christmas Ornaments

      Go old-school this Christmas with mini chalkboard ornaments. Start by coating unfinished wooden discs in red paint, then let your creativity wander with fun and festive chalk designs. Think snowflakes, doves -- even a vintage Santa face! 

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      Paper-Stuffed Christmas Ornament

      All it takes to turn a clear ball into a Christmasworthy ornament is a few strips of paper and a bit of imagination. We used music sheets here, but old book pages, colored scrapbooking paper, or magazine pages will do the trick, too.

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      Snowman Faces Ornaments

      Hang some holiday happy! These whimsical Frosty faces -- made of clay-covered foam balls and decked in puff paint -- will be a welcome addition to your tree. Hang them alone with ornament hooks or string them together using ribbon. 

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      Felt Star Ornaments

      Delicate stars make perfect tree or window adornments -- and you don't even need a pattern! To make, cut simple shapes from felted wool and embellish with embroidery floss, pearl beads, and crystal accents. To add visual variety to your display, change the size of star and type of accents.

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      Scrapbook-Paper Tree Ornament

      Gather your kids and friends together for an afternoon of Christmas crafting and create a whole forest of these easy trees. The trick: Roll up strips of green scrapbook paper for easy crafting.

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      White Felt Ornaments

      Simple stitching skills are all it takes to whip up these sweet Christmas ornament crafts. Use them to adorn everyday items, such as canisters, or add them as present toppers.

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      Silhouette Ornament

      Old-fashioned silhouettes are popular again, so honor your family members by celebrating their profiles in Christmas ornaments. Using a photo as a guide, trace a silhouette onto black paper; cut out. Line the back of a small frame with decorative paper, then glue the silhouette on top. Hang with a pretty ribbon.

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      Sheet Music Ornament

      Add a musical note to your Christmas tree with these quick-to-craft paper ornaments. All you need is some sheet music, thread, and our helpful pattern.

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      Gnome Ornament

      This loveable gnome makes a great DIY craft for your Christmas tree or a gift. Simply print the free pattern onto fabric, then stitch, stuff, and close. 

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      Embroidered Snowflake Ornament

      Use a variety of colors to create a whole blizzard of snowflake ornaments. Place a colored cotton fabric square in an embroidery hoop. Using a pencil, trace the snowflake pattern onto the fabric. Backstitch the straight snowflake lines, making double-wrapped French knots at the ends. Remove from the hoop. Lay fabric on a same-size piece of batting; reinsert into the wooden hoop.

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      Rosette Snowflake Ornament

      Kids will have a great time choosing the colors and assembling these deceptively simple rosette snowflake ornaments. Choose contrasting or complementary colors, and string a few extra from the windows to enhance your decorating.

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      Cutest Outdoor Ornament (Ever!)

      Make the outside of your home as pretty as the inside with this adorable crafts-stick trick! 

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      Bird Christmas Ornament

      Detailed with glittery scroll wings and rhinestone eyes, these chipboard birds alight as fanciful trims on your Christmas tree. Pick one color scheme for several birds, or try a mix of colors and embellishments.

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      Easy Christmas Ornaments

      Transform simple supplies into outstanding homemade Christmas ornaments with our easy crafting ideas. Clever embellishments, quick-to-make shapes, and beautiful designs come together to make this collection of easy Christmas ornaments.
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