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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4th of July Cake Recipes

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

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Front-Porch Ghost Decorations for Halloween

Hang these apparitions (made from old white dresses) from your front porch to declare your house the most haunted one on the street this Halloween.

What You'll Need

For Each Ghost

  • 7-foot length of clothesline wire
  • Padded clothes hanger
  • Two 3-foot lengths of polyethylene foam pipe insulation to fit
  • 3/4-inch pipe
  • Heavy-duty clear packing tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic-foam wig head
  • Recycled white dress with tulle or other sheer, flowing fabric (look for old prom or wedding dresses at thrift stores)
  • 20-pound test fishing line
  • Latex, rubber, or white fabric gloves
  • Cotton balls
  • White masks (optional)
  • Translucent white trash bags: 1/2-mil or less
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Screw eyes, nails, or push pins (for hanging the ghost)

How to Make It

  1. 1. For the arms, wrap the center of the clothesline wire six times around the padded area of the hanger so an equal length of wire extends beyond each of the hanger's ends. Slide a piece of pipe insulation over each end of wire and up onto padded area of the hanger. Use packing tape to connect and secure the pipe insulation at the center of the hanger. Straighten the hanger hook.
  2. For the torso, drape a piece of bubble wrap in the desired length over the hanger, letting it fall over the front and back. Push the straightened hook through the wrap. Add as many layers of bubble wrap as needed for fullness. Tape the front layers to the back just below the hanger. Insert the straightened hook into the center bottom of the plastic-foam head; hot-glue in place. Use tape and glue to secure the head to torso.
  3. Arrange the dress or fabric on the assembled body. To aid in assembly, suspend the ghost with fishing line at the neck and each arm. Attach enough extra line to accommodate the ghost's final location and height. Shred and tear the dress with a scissors, cutting off some pieces of the fabric. Glue strips of the torn fabric to the head for hair.
  4. Cut the arms to the desired length. Stuff the fingers and hands of the gloves with cotton balls. Slip the stuffed gloves onto the arms and secure with tape. If fabric gloves are used, bend and glue the fingers in place. Drape the arms with torn fabric; glue in place. Continue to tear and attach fabric for a ghostlike effect. Cut, shred, and tear pieces of trash bags and glue where needed to fill out the figure. Bend arms to desired shape. Place a white mask on the head if desired.
  5. To hang the ghost: Insert screw eyes, hooks, or pushpins into the soffit or ceiling and suspend the ghost with fishing line. Use extra lengths of fishing line to hold it in place.

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