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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Make a D.M. Bones Tombstone for Halloween

Create a decrepit tombstone using foam slabs, a rotary carving tool, and stone-look spray paint.

What You'll Need

  • 2-inch-thick, 24-x-36-inch STYROFOAM brand foam sheets
  • STYROFOAM brand foam cooler
  • 1/2-inch-thick, 12-x-36-inch STYROFOAM brand foam sheets
  • Styro Glue
  • Wooden skewers
  • Wood file
  • Styro Wonder Cutter Plus
  • Repositionable spray adhesive
  • 3-foot fake skeleton
  • Gray spray-on primer
  • 4-inch wooden letters: R, I, P
  • Household trim brush
  • Delta Ceramcoat acrylic crafts paints:
    Black #02506, White #02505, Spice Brown #02049, Light Foliage Green #02537
  • Foam trim roller
  • Dark Gray interior latex paint in flat finish
  • Krylon Make It Stone Textured Paint:
    Charcoal Sand #18202
  • Delta Ceramcoat Faux Finish Glaze Base

How to Make It

  1. For the basic monument sections, cut components from 2-inch-thick foam sheets. The beveled section capping the monument top is cut from a foam cooler. Cut the frame pieces for each basic section from 1/2-inch-thick foam sheets.
  2. Assemble using Styro Glue and wooden skewers to hold pieces in place until glue dries. Let dry. Use the wood file to round all edges and create a timeworn look.
  3. For "D. M. Bones" lettering, choose a font on your computer, type in the letters, and print them as large as possible. Use a photocopier to enlarge to desired size. Spray back of paper with repositionable spray adhesive. Cut out the letters with the Styro Wonder Cutter.
  4. Spray the skeleton with gray primer. Let dry.
  5. Glue R, I, and P to tombstone. For an aged granite look, use the glaze medium to make thinned mixtures of Spice Brown, Black, Light Foliage Green, and White. Use the household trim brush to randomly brush on the glaze mixtures as desired. Concentrate the dark colors on the edges of the letters and in creases, and use the White glaze mix on raised areas.
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