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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Raven Yard Silhouette for Halloween

Create a startling scene in your front yard for Halloween with a raven of monstrous proportions.

What You'll Need

  • Plywood
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Exterior spray paint: black and orange
  • Large plastic eggs
  • Tape measure
  • Narrow PVC pipe
  • Pipe straps and screws
  • Wooden or rubber mallet
  • Large twig wreath

Download the free pattern.

How to Make It

1. Download and print our free pattern; enlarge to a desired size at a copy shop. (As shown, the raven is approximately 38-1/2 inches tall and 14-1/4 inches wide at the broadest part of its shoulders.)

2. Trace the pattern onto plywood. Use a jigsaw to cut out the raven shape; sand the edges and wipe away the dust with a tack cloth.

3. In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint the crow black and the large plastic eggs orange; let dry.

4. Measure from the crow's neck to the bottom of its feet and add 12 inches (which will be used to anchor the bird in the ground). Cut a piece of narrow PVC pipe to this length.

5. Attach the cut PVC pipe to the back of the bird with pipe straps and screws, letting the extra 12 inches of pipe extend below the bird's feet.

6. Carefully pound the PVC pipe into the ground until its feet rest on the ground.

7. Arrange the eggs in a large twig wreath.

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