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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Dead & Breakfast Inn Signs with Clever Halloween Phrases

Haunt your yard this Halloween with frightening signs fit for the Dead & Breakfast Inn.

What You'll Need

  • Aged barn board
  • Saw-toothed blade (for cutting boards)
  • Drill and small drill bit (optional, for hanging signs)
  • Exterior latex paint in brown, gray, white
  • Water
  • Two 2-inch-wide trim brushes
  • Graphite tracing paper and pencil
  • Artist's liner brush
  • Black acrylic crafts paint
  • Barbed wire, optional

Download the free "Don't Let the Dead Bugs Bite" pattern.

Download the free "Do Not Disturb" pattern.

Download the free "Until Death Do We Part" pattern.

How to Make It

  1. Download the free patterns for desired signs and print.
  2. Gather miscellaneous pieces of aged board and cut to size, referring to the patterns. Drill hanging holes if desired.
  3. Mix a 1:1 solution of water and gray or dark brown latex paint to create a color wash. Dip a trim brush into the wash, wiping off the excess. Drag the brush lightly along the wood surface to give it an aged look. (Let the texture of the wood show through the paint.) Let dry for 5 minutes.
  4. Dip the second trim brush into white latex paint to pick up a scant amount of paint. Dry-brush white paint on areas where you want the color to be the lightest; let dry. Dry-brush dark brown around the edges of the boards; let dry thoroughly.
  5. Trace the text designs from the downloaded patterns onto tracing paper. Transfer using graphite transfer paper. Use a pencil to darken the graphite lines if necessary.
  6. Use a liner brush to paint the lettering onto the board in black acrylic paint.
  7. Use barbed wire, if desired, to ominously hang the signs.
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