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 Sequin-Studded Ornaments for Christmas

This Christmas, learn how to make felt-covered ornaments that coordinate perfectly with your holiday decorations.

What You'll Need

  • 3- and 4-inch plastic-foam balls
  • 9-x-12-inch felt pieces in assorted colors
  • Boxes of 1/2-inch straight pins
  • Boxes of 1/2- and 1-inch pearl, gold, and colored corsage pins
  • Bags of 5/8-inch spoke sequins in silver, gold, and other assorted colors
  • Bags of 8- and 10-mm sequin cups in assorted colors
  • Three 5-yard spools of holiday ribbon in 1/8-, 1/4-, and 1/2-inch widths
  • 3-5 yards of assorted silver and gold trims
  • Colored rickrack in 1/4- and 5/8-inch widths
  • Scissors and pinking shears

How to Make It

  1. Pin patterns (available online at www.diyideas.com/ornaments) to the felt and cut out six pieces of felt to cover a ball.
  2. Secure pieces to the top and bottom of the ball with straight pins. Be sure to place the pieces close together, align top and bottom edges, and pull each piece downward tightly to ensure the felt is smooth.
  3. Pin piece edges to the ball.
  4. Cover seams and pins with ribbons cut to fit the ball's circumference. Place the widest ribbons first, and then top with narrower trims. Pin the ribbon evenly over a seam and pin to the ball's top center.
  5. Pull the ribbon down, secure to the ball's bottom center with a pin.
  6. Pull the end back up to the top, overlap the ends, and pin to the ball.
  7. Repeat for other ribbons.
  8. Pin six-point-star patterns to the felt and cut them out.
  9. Place a felt star on top of the ornament, positioning point between ribbons.
  10. Secure the star to the ball with pearl-headed pins placed around the star's outer edges and radiating from the center out to each tip.
  11. Finish ends with seasonal shapes cut from complementary-hued felt or with shimmering arrangements of stacked sequins and corsage pins.
  12. You may also cap each end with a large sequin and a pretty pin.
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