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 a Bat Sconce for Halloween

Use a shelf bracket and other simple materials to make this slightly creepy bat-shape sconce for Halloween. Dim the lights, and let the candlelight glow set a moody vibe.

What You'll Need

  • Black poster board
  • 2 peel-and-stick eyes designed for scrapbooking
  • Crafts knife
  • Shelf bracket with predrilled holes
  • 3-inch length of 1/4-inch dowel
  • Dowel cap for 1/4-inch dowel
  • Black paint
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Crafts glue
  • Candle cup

Download Bat Sconce pattern

How to Make It

  1. Transfer the pattern and cut the bat from poster board. Add eyes.
  2. Paint the dowel and dowel cap black; let dry. Hot-glue the dowel to the back center of the bat.
  3. Use crafts glue to adhere the dowel cap under a predrilled hole in the shelf bracket, aligning holes.
  4. Insert the dowel through the predrilled bracket hole and into the dowel cap, securing the bat to the bracket.
  5. Glue the candle cup several inches behind the bat. Let the glue dry.
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