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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Trick-or-Treating Bucket o' Fun

An empty, unused paint can gets its own Halloween costume when you adhere your favorite patterned paper and a whimsical mask cut from cardstock and adorned with beaded eyes.

What You Need

  • Empty paint can
  • Patterned paper
  • Cardstock
  • Beads
  • Acrylic paint
  • Glue

Cat pattern


  1. Adhere patterned paper around the outside of the paint can.
  2. Using the pattern, found in the link above, trace the cat face onto cardstock, cut out, and paste onto the can.
  3. Cover the eyes with beads, using the technique below.
  4. Decorate the handle with acrylic paint. Once the paint is dry the bucket is ready to be filled with sweets!

SOURCES Patterned paper, stickers: BasicGrey. Acrylic paint: Making Memories. Beads: AIC.

Beaded Die-Cuts Step-by-Step

1. Gather your materials: beads, tray, and a letter or other shape die-cut from a sheet of double-sided adhesive.

2. Sprinkle mini beads over the letter/shape. Use the tray or a paper plate to catch the excess beads.

3. Press the beads into the letter and shake off the excess. Peel off the backing and stick the letter on your layout.


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