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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A Holidays Editor's Own Halloween Crafts Holidays Editor Debra Steilen displays Halloween crafts that she designed and created in honor of one of her favorite holidays.


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    • Pumpkin Pillow

      When my passion for Halloween began to extend to expensive antique collectibles, I knew I was in trouble. So I started to create my own designs based on vintage papier-mache candy containers. My first effort was a felted-wool pillow that featured a smiling jack-o'-lantern. I used blanket stitches around the edges of the shapes as well as the pillow itself.

    • Black Cat Pillow

      After making several pumpkin pillows, I branched out into black cats. I made my own felted wool by washing regular wool in hot water and then drying it on high. I gave lighter, brighter colors an aged look by using a taupe hot-water dye. This dull orange wool, for example, started out as neon orange. In addition to blanket stitches, I used a chain stitch to create whiskers, eyelashes, and other details.

    • Halloween Tree Skirt

      I think the black dress that Morticia Addams (wife of Gomez) wore on The Addams Family television show inspired the shape of this tree skirt. I like to use it with an orange Halloween tree planted in a black urn. It's fun to complement the felted-wool skull ornaments with small, poseable black birds and black rubber spiders.

    • Jack-o'-Lantern Stool

      A $4 wooden stool just begged to be painted with a pumpkin design. I primed it first, and then painted it with orange latex paint. I used acrylic paints to add details to the face, and then topped it with polyurethane. Nothing's scarier than thinking of all that hard work being scuffed away by party guests!

    • Painted Papier-Mache Ornaments

      I used tempera paint to decorate papier-mache ornaments found at a local crafts store. A final coat of polyurethane makes them durable -- as in, safe from chocolate smears during trick-or-treat season.

    • Red Devil Ornament

      This little devil is my favorite ornament, because I used Celluclay instant papier mache to add horns, lips, and a nose. His personality began to take shape once he could really scowl. Of course, the wicked eyebrows help.

    • Felted-Wool Ornaments

      Over the years, I've designed and made a variety of ornaments for the Halloween tree. They fell into four categories: black cats, jack-o'-lanterns, skulls, and devils. I used unobtrusive beading wire to hang these felted-wool examples.

    • Two Pumpkin Pillows

      Fall leaves from my unraked lawn became patterns for the shapes on these two pillows. The lighter color leaves were cut from a thrift store wool blanket (after it had been washed), a low-cost way to get fabric. I purchased old buttons at garage sales, at flea markets, and on eBay to use for eyes and teeth.

    • Pumpkin Guy Wall Hanging

      Only once did I use a commercial pattern to create a project for Halloween: this wall hanging. I started with a design from Indygo Junction and made it my own by adding branches from an old walnut tree in the backyard. The three small ornaments at the bottom are also my touch.

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      Halloween Quilt

      I confess: This is not my work or my design. My friend Linda Eggerss, editor of Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen and Bath Ideas, made this for me. I picked out the Halloween fabrics and suggested a size; she picked out the pattern and used her considerable skills to create the final project. I can't wait to hang it in my dining room.

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      Quilt Detail

      Linda taught me that you should always make the most of novelty prints, which is why she cut the inner square on this block to feature a single jack-o'-lantern. Sure, it might waste some fabric, but it makes for a much more appealing design. The technique is called "fussy cutting."

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      Fall Crafts with Leaves

      Bring the beauty of colorful fall foliage indoors with these simple crafts that use leaves to create seasonal home accents. Best of all, you can use them from early fall all the way through Thanksgiving.
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