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 Halloween Decorations

Transform your home into a haunted house with Halloween ambience. Welcome ghosts, witches, ravens, and spiders with these creepy Halloween decorating ideas.

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    • Quotable Pumpkin String Art

      Even no-carve pumpkins can make a spooky statement. Choose your favorite holiday-theme quote ("Boo" is classic), then create the outlines of the letters using tiny nails tapped halfway into the side of your pumpkin. Do the same thing for an outer border, such as our quote bubble. Wrap black thread around the exposed nails, building up the color and layers as you go for a cool 3-D effect that neighborhood trick-or-treaters will love.
      (image credit: Chelsea Costa)

    • Eerie Bar Bottles

      Pull out an assortment of glass decanters and bottles from the pantry (or head to your nearest thrift store to stock up) and spend the afternoon putting together a collection of eerie potions and elixirs fit for Halloween. We printed a few words onto sticker paper, but you also could handwrite on labels.
      (image credit:
      Leah Bergman)

    • Ghoulish Strand of Lights

      Repurpose white Christmas tree lights with this clever Halloween-theme project. Use a permanent market to add ghoulish faces to plain table tennis balls, then cut a hole into each one to fit over the bulbs. Next, cut cheesecloth into squares, dip in diluted Mod Podge, and drape over the balls. Let dry before assembling and lighting.
      (image credit:
      unOriginal Mom)

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      Breeze through this quick tutorial on four crafty Halloween ideas.

    • Halloween Cross-Stitch Canvases

      Employ a traditional needle-and-thread technique in an anything-but-traditional way. A large, exaggerated cross-stitch pattern allows you to play up the holiday's most well-known silhouettes -- characters like spiders, ghosts, skulls, and pumpkins -- in a decoration that you can keep for next year. A quick Web search for "easy Halloween cross-stitch pattern" will provide just the inspiration you need. Transfer it onto your canvas and get stitching!
      (image credit:
      Amy Anderson)

    • Raven Decoration

      Include a faux raven among your everyday living room arrangment. A mossy branch in a vase makes the perfect perch for this haunting creature.

    • Cat-Trimmed Tablecloth

      No sewing required! This tablecloth is a cinch with scaredy-cat patterns cut from felt. Glue them to the bottom of a tablecloth or large piece of orange felt.

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    • Ghostly Staircase

      Use clips to suspend ghoulish artwork from curtain rods. We used medical textbook clip-art images to get the look, enlarging them to fit on 11x17-inch sheets of paper. Dip each print in a tub of diluted coffee (for color) and let dry. Embellish railings with garlands crafted from layered 4- and 8-inch doilies and coffee filters. Bundle a few together, pinch into a flower shape, and tie with wire. Wire the bunches to a long ribbon.

    • Flying Bat Frame

      Take flight with this fanciful bat frame. Use a die-cutting tool or a bat-shape punch to trim 24 bat shapes. Bend the wings before attaching to a frame. Remove the glass for a cool multidimensional look.

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      Spooky Still Life

      Make ordinary objects a little creepier with a coat of black paint. Just a few simple steps and this discarded tree branch becomes a scary perch for menacing ravens. Find a tree branch (the more twisted and gnarled, the better) and spray-paint it black. Once dry, insert the branch in an urn or pot. Finish by placing a few black ravens on the branch.

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      Ghourds As Ghosts

      Since white objects are highlighted at night, ghostly door decorations made from painted gourds are sure to catch the eye and chill the heart in the dark. Use black paint to give the apparitions spirited expressions; dangle the phantoms from dormant vines, porch rafters, or tree branches. Embellish your exhibit with dried bittersweet, abandoned paper-wasp nests, and a painted twig wreath.

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      Bleak Birdcage Decoration

      This easy-to-make Halloween decoration looks like it came straight from an Alfred Hitchcock film -- just take a clip-art birdcage image, make an oversize print at a copy center (ours cost just $10, so it's cheap, too!), and spritz with coffee to give it an aged appearance before hanging. Add to the poster's eerie effect with a few well-placed crow or raven decorations.

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      Spiderweb Candles

      Customize plain candles for Halloween. Use a pencil to draw a spiderweb design into a pillar candle (be sure to use a candle that is colored all the way through -- some inexpensive candles don't have any color in the middle). Once you've completed your design, pour a little bit of rubbing alcohol onto a paper towel and dab the excess wax off the candle surface. Using white paint and a small brush, paint inside the grooves. Wipe off excess paint with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel.

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      Sillhouettes on Pumpkins

      The creepy-crawlies of Halloween (both flying and footed) cause shrieks of fright. Spray white pumpkins with a sealer, then use cardstock patterns to transfer the critter outlines to the pumpkins. Fill in the outlines with black paint, then arrange the spooky gourds on a black tray. Stick a colony of bats -- cut from cardstock and equipped with wire stems -- into the center pumpkin to heighten the horror.

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      Haunted Photo Frames

      Swap your usual framed pictures with these eek-invoking Halloween portraits, made from basic crafting supplies and a good dose of fright.

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      Bewitching Treat

      Fill a clear container with dark candies and tape the witch face pieces to the front of the container. Roll a piece of black cardstock into a cone and glue on top of a black circle base for the witch's hat. Pleat a narrow strip of paper and wrap it around the base of the cone, securing with a belt buckle.

      Editor's Tip: Give this witch some sweet companions -- cut out jack-o'-lantern face features and stems from black cardstock and glue onto foil-wrapped chocolate oranges (available in the candy aisle at grocery store).

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      Mummy Hand

      Give yourself a hand with this mummified appendage. Fill a white disposable glove with cotton balls, pushing them into the fingers. Once the glove is full and sturdy, fold up the end of the glove and tape to secure. Wrap 2-inch-wide gauze (you'll need approximately 5 yards) around the fingers, hand, and wrist until completely covered, securing the end with a knot. Use an extra cotton ball to apply brown chalk to the hand to give it an aged look. Add creepy, crawly plastic bugs for a fresh-from-the-ground look.

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      Ghostly Reflection

      Trick guests into thinking they're seeing a ghost. Spray a ghost outline with semitransparent frosted glass spray onto a mirror for a scary reflection.

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      Mummy Lantern

      Frightening faces appear even scarier when illuminated with candles. These luminarias are versatile and can extend their spine-tingling glow indoors or outdoors.

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      Spooky Cages

      Stage birdcages as an eerie display guarded by a beady-eye blackbird. Set the chilling scene with dried moss, gourds, twigs, and fake spiderwebs, bugs, and bats.

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      Webbed Chandelier

      Recycle an old umbrella as a haunting light fixture. Remove the fabric covering, then stretch spider webbing over the frame. Decorate with plastic spiders and battery-operated lanterns attached to the wire with S hooks. Tie rope around the handle and hang from the ceiling with a plant hook.

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      Halloween Art Gallery

      Trick-or-treaters aren't the only ones with scary getups for Halloween. Watch this frightening artwork scare away the goblins and ghosts who come knocking at your door. Simply glue googly eyes on copies of old portraits for an spooky and eye-catching Halloween makeover.

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