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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Creepy-Crawly Spider Crafts for Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, embellish your household decorations with spooky spiders to celebrate the tricks and treats of the holiday season.


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    • Trailing Spiders Pillows

      Make a spooky pillow this season with a few eight-legged arachnids. To create this DIY pillow, print out our pillow pattern onto iron-on computer paper. Following the manufacturer's instructions, iron the pattern onto one of two square pieces of fabric larger than the pattern. Finish the pillow by sewing the two large squares of fabric inside out, leaving a little room for stuffing. Turn the fabric inside out again, fill with fiberfill, and sew closed.  Embellish the pillow with jewels and black trim for Halloween glamour.

    • Spooky Spider Adornments

      This classic black-and-white Halloween decor is accented with some creepy-crawly critters. Cover 4- and 6-inch plastic foam balls with pieces of embossed ivory velvet and ivory burlap, alternating the two fabrics. Embellish the faux gourds by pinning on ribbon or paper trims. For the stems, cut 2-inch lengths of raw cording; slightly unravel one end. Pin the stems to the ball tops, and tie a ribbon into a bow at the base of each stem. Pin spider trims onto the balls to finish the decoration.

    • Spiderweb Coasters

      With spiders dangling from the corners, these coasters dress up a Halloween table in style.

    • Spiderweb Lampshade

      Cast an eerie shadow over the room with this easy-to-make spiderweb lampshade.

    • Spiderweb Cocktail Coasters

      Serve up drinks at your next Halloween gala with these spiderweb coasters. They are backed with cork for sturdiness.

    • Webbed Chandelier

      Recycle an old umbrella as a haunting light fixture. Remove the fabric covering; stretch synthetic spiderweb over the ribs. Decorate with plastic spiders and battery-operated lanterns attached to the ribs with bent wire or S hooks. Tie rope around the handle, and hang from the ceiling with a plant hook or cup hook.

    • No-Sew Spiderweb Table Runner

      Pair your spiderweb coasters with this easy, almost no-sew table runner for the ultimate spider-theme party.

    • Spider Garland

      Like the best Halloween decorations, this garland charms and thrills at the same time. Rubber spiders and bone-shape dog biscuits, spray-painted white, rub shoulders with acorns and dried citrus fruits. Drill holes through all the pieces using a very thin drill bit, and string the assortment on 22-gauge wire.

    • Spider Tote

      Everyone else will be crawling with envy after seeing this spider treat bag. To create this project, cut an oval spider body from black felt and stitch it to the front of the bag.

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      Easy Halloween Window Webs

      Lengths of black ribbon and yarn and a little strategic weaving (if a spider can do it, surely you can, too!) are all it takes to add shadowy webs to your front windows. Dangle a couple of crawling critters from the roofline to complete the creepy picture.

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      Pumpkin Spiders

      Look again -- these creepy, crawling spiders are actually pumpkins in disguise. It only takes a bit of black glitter paint, chenille stems, and googly eyes.

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      Cute Spider Bag

      This is one spider who's not out to scare. Its smiling face adorns a cute felt bag, perfect for trick-or-treating.

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      Spider Dishware

      Even though they're painted on, these leggy spiders can still raise goose bumps.

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      Simple Spider Decorations

      These magnificently monstrous spiders are easily crafted from foam balls, black spray paint, and chenille stems.

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      Outdoor Spider Pumpkin Decoration

      Use wooden dowels -- in Halloween colors, of course -- to securely stack pumpkins into formation: a perfect perch for a lurking spider. Opt for artificial pumpkins if you plan to reuse your towering masterpieces next year.

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      Fuzzy Spiders Porch Decorations

      Make your outdoor decor a little more frightening with these easy-to-make furry spiders.

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      More Halloween Crafts

      Get some frightfully good ideas for creating Halloween crafts with a ghostly theme.

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