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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Make a Felt Mitten and Ice Skate Ornament

Personalize your evergreen with these playful felt mitten ornaments, perfect for the ice-skating enthusiast.

What You Need

  • Tracing paper
  • Fine-tip pen
  • 4-inch square of lightweight cardboard
  • 8-x-14-inch piece of felt
  • Contrasting pearl cotton
  • 3-3/4-inch length of 3/4-inch-wide white fur trim
  • Polyester fiberfill

Download Pattern

How to Make It

  1. Trace the mitten pattern onto tracing paper; cut out the shape.
  2. Trace the shape onto cardboard and cut out.
  3. Fold the felt in half lengthwise to measure 4 x 14 inches.
  4. Use a fine-tip pen to trace the cardboard mitten onto the folded felt; up to four mittens will fit.
  5. Machine-sew through both layers of felt on the traced lines, leaving the straight edge unstitched. Cut out the mitten close to the stitching and on the top line.
  6. Blanket-stitch on the curved edges of the mitten using pearl cotton.
  7. Hand-sew fur trim around the top of the mitten, trimming the fur as desired.
  8. Add a pearl cotton hanging loop.
  9. Stuff the mitten with fiberfill.

What You Need

  • Tracing paper
  • Fine-tip pen
  • 4-inch square of lightweight cardboard
  • 8-x-14-inch piece of felt
  • Contrasting pearl cotton
  • Large paper clip
  • 4-inch length of narrow trim
  • Polyester fiberfill

Download Pattern

How to Make It

  1. Trace the skate pattern onto tracing paper; cut out the shape.
  2. Trace the shape onto cardboard and cut out.
  3. Fold the felt in half lengthwise to measure 4 x 14 inches.
  4. Use a fine-tip pen to trace the cardboard skate onto the felt, aligning the fold line of the pattern with the folded edge of the felt; up to six skates will fit.
  5. Machine-sew through both felt layers on the traced lines, leaving the straight edge unstitched.
  6. Cut out the skate close to the stitching and on the top line.
  7. Use pearl cotton to make long straight stitches over the center front of the skate for laces.
  8. Tie the pearl cotton into a bow at the top of the skate.
  9. Slide a paper clip into the skate at the bottom fold for the blade. If necessary, make a tiny opening with a scissors tip to insert the paper clip.
  10. Hand-sew trim around the top of the skate.
  11. Stuff the skate with polyester fiberfill. Add a pearl cotton hanging loop.
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