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

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4th of July Cake Recipes

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

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Halloween Cat Lights

Quick cutouts add Halloween flair to purchased lampshades.

What You Need:

Turn a lampshade into a spooky halloween decoration.
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paper lampshades
  • Decoupage medium
  • Paintbrush
  • Straight pin
  • Black braid trim
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Glue sticks

For the Bat:

  • Black tissue paper
  • Gold art paper
  • White wire

For the Cat:

  • Black tissue paper
  • 24-gauge gold wire
  • Rhinestones in amber and black
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Thick white crafts glue
Dangle a black spider off of your lampshade for an even more frightful night.

For the Spider:

  • White lace art paper
  • White wire
  • Black plastic spider
  • Black permanent marker

Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern for this project (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software).

Bat pattern

Cat pattern

Download Adobe Acrobat

The bat lampshade creates a scary Halloween night within your own home.

2. Glue braid trim to shade as desired. Trace the desired pattern. Cut out shape.

3. Trace around pattern on the desired tissue and/or art paper. Cut out. Use images as a guide, to cut a spiderweb.

4. Brush a thin layer of decoupage medium on the back of each cutout. Place the wet side of the cutout onto the lampshade.

5. For the cat, cut four 1/2- to 1-inch-long wire whiskers. Use needlenose pliers to spiral one end of each whisker. Apply a small amount of glue to the straight ends of two of the whiskers and then tuck them between the cat's cheek and the lampshade.

6. Use a straight pin to poke two holes through the other cheek. Push the remaining two whiskers through the holes. To hold the whiskers in place, reach inside the lampshade and fold the wire ends over.

7. Glue two amber rhinestone eyes and a black rhinestone nose onto the cat's face.

8. For the spider shade, use a pin to poke a hole at the end of one web point. Cut an 8-inch piece of wire. Thread one end through the hole, bending the end flat against the inside of the shade to secure. Wrap the dangling wire end around the spider. Use the black marker to camouflage wire wrapped around the body.

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