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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Running Wild Masks

Go wild -- as a wise owl or rascally raccoon -- with these paper-plate masks that are a hoot to make.

What You Need:

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  • Construction paper in black, brown, orange, yellow, light gray, and brown
  • Elastic cord
  • 4 beads or buttons
  • White glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper plates


1. Download the free patterns for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

Owl mask pattern

Raccoon mask pattern

Download Adobe Acrobat

Try making a mask of your favorite animal.

2. To make the owl, cut out mask shape from paper plate as shown. Enlarge and trace patterns, opposite. Cut orange ears, orange and yellow feathers, black and brown eyes, and orange beak. Cut several 1-inch slits into each piece (except ears and beak) for a feathery look. Glue ears behind plate. Layer and glue feathers to front of mask. Fold and glue beak to front. Glue eye pieces in place. Cut eye holes in plate. Poke small holes on either side of mask. Pull elastic cord through holes and tie to button or bead to prevent knot from pulling through. Cut eye holes with scissors.

3. To make the raccoon, cut the paper plate as for the owl. Enlarge and trace the patterns. Cut a bandit mask and ears from brown. Tear pieces of paper for "fur." Glue ears to plate. Layer and glue fur pieces front and back. Glue eyes, nose, and paper whiskers to mask. Poke small holes on either side of mask. Pull elastic cord through holes and tie to button or bead to prevent knot from pulling through. Cut eye holes with scissors.

More Ideas:

Look through coloring books for ideas to make other animal masks.


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