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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Stenciled Halloween Pillows

Expose the scarier side of Halloween throw pillows with these black and silver stenciled examples.

What You'll Need

  • Black vinyl fabric (pleather or leatherette, for example)
  • Silver Rub 'n Buff or stencil paint
  • Paper plate or paint palette
  • Stencil brush
  • Paper towel
  • Stencils (We used candlestick and cobweb patterns.)
  • Painter's tape
  • Clean, soft cloth
  • Pressing cloth
  • Fiberfill or pillow form
  • Large, heavy hand-sewing needle
  • Hair dryer

How to Make It

  1. Cut two same-size squares from black vinyl fabric.
  2. Squeeze a small dot of Rub 'n Buff on a paint palette (or paper plate) and swirl it with the stencil brush. Brush most of the paint on a paper towel so the brush is dry to the touch.
  3. Tape a stencil to a fabric square with painter's tape.
  4. Using a circular motion, paint the design onto the fabric with the stencil as a guide.
  5. Let the paint dry for at least 48 hours.
  6. Buff the dried design with a soft cloth.
  7. Stitch the painted fabric square to a bare fabric square with their decorative sides facing (so stitches will be on the inside of the case). Leave a 4-inch opening for stuffing. Turn the cover right side out.
  8. Place a folded pressing cloth over the vinyl, then steam-press the seams to flatten them. Be careful not to touch the vinyl; keep the pressing cloth between the hot iron and the vinyl fabric.
  9. Stuff the cover with fiberfill or insert a pillow form; use the hand-sewing needle to slip-stitch the opening closed.
  10. Blow-dry the pillow's seams holding a hair dryer 6-8 inches away from the fabric; drying will tighten and soften any vinyl that stretched during assembly.
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