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

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

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Papier Mache Halloween Pumpkin Craft

Skip the pumpkin patch and handcraft your own smiling jack-o'-lanterns this Halloween. The trick to these pumpkins is layering strips of tissue paper around a balloon.

What You'll Need

  • Balloon (for each pumpkin)
  • Orange tissue paper, cut into strips
  • Mod Podge decoupage medium and water
  • Straight pin
  • Black paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot-glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Optional: Urn, vase, or flowerpot to display pumpkin

Download face pattern 1.

Download face pattern 2.

Download face pattern 3.

Download pumpkin leaf pattern.

How to Make It

1. Download the free face pattern(s) of your choice and the leaf pattern; set aside.

2. Blow up a balloon and tie it off.

3. Dip strips of orange tissue paper in water-thinned Mod Podge decoupage medium. Wrap the strips around the balloon until it's covered.

4. When the strips have dried, pop the balloon with a pin and discard the balloon.

5. Cut out the face pattern pieces and trace them onto black paper. Cut out and hot-glue them to the pumpkin.

6. Twist a piece of black paper into a stem and hot-glue it to the top of the pumpkin.

7. Fold a piece of black paper in half. Trace the leaf pattern onto the paper with the dashed edge of the pattern aligned with the folded edge of the paper. Cut out the leaf shape and cut along the traced slit lines. Unfold the leaf.

8. Cut two leaves and hot-glue them to both ends of a 1/2-inch-wide strip of black paper; wrap the strips around the stem and hot-glue into place.

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