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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Trick-or-Treat Entryway in Purple

Halloween is the perfect time to take your fall door decorations to a new level. Try these unique ideas for garlands, rugs, pumpkins, and other spooky decor.

Add a touch of pizzazz to your home this Halloween with striking entryway decor. Eye-popping colors complement traditional hues of the season for a welcoming door design.

Supplies

  • White garland
  • Spray paint: Krylon Interior-Exterior Ultra Flat Black (1602) and Interior-Exterior Pumpkin Orange (2411), and Home Decor Plum Royale (7406)
  • Krylon Snap & Spray can gun (optional)
  • Large artificial leaves
  • Glitter: 2 shades of purple, orange, and black
  • 4-inch-tall wooden letters to spell "Trick or Treat"
  • Matte finish spray
  • Glass ball ornaments: 2- and 4-inch-diameter in assorted colors
  • Craft tape in circle shapes
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • 4-inch-wide purple ribbon

Instructions

  1. Spray-paint the garland black, following the manufacturer's instructions and using the Snap & Spray can gun for ease in spraying if desired.
  2. Spray-paint the leaves purple and immediately sprinkle glitter onto the wet paint, coating an equal number of leaves in each of the two purple shades.
  3. Spray-paint the wooden letters orange and immediately sprinkle orange glitter onto the wet paint. When the paint is completely dry, spray the leaves and the letters with matte finish.
  4. To dot the ornaments, remove the craft-tape circle shapes one at a time from the backing sheet and press onto the ornaments in a random fashion.
  5. Peel off the red liner from each shape and sprinkle black glitter onto each circle, pressing the glitter down with a fingertip if a smooth finish is desired.
  6. Cut a 12-inch length of wire for each letter. Fold a wire in half and twist the wire around itself about 1/4 inch from the fold, creating a small loop. With the wire ends upward, hot-glue a loop to the center top on the back of each letter. Repeat for each wire and ornament.
  7. Drape and weave the ribbon over the front of the garland and wire in place.
  8. Position the letters to hang from the garland and secure the wires. Arrange the leaves and ornaments on the garland. When pleased with the arrangement, wire the ornaments and leaves in place.

A grapevine wreath provides structure for a beautiful fall design, below right. Coppery artificial leaves are accented with spray-painted glass balls in a panoply of fall colors. Traditional Halloween colors -- and orange with a touch of gold, too -- would work just as well.

Supplies

  • Grapevine wreath
  • Spray paint: Krylon Home Decor Plum Royale (7406)
  • Large artificial leaves
  • Glitter: 2 shades of purple
  • Matte finish spray
  • Large artificial crow
  • Glass ball ornaments: 2-inch-diameter in assorted colors
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters

Instructions

  1. Spray-paint the wreath purple. (Note: To accommodate the center-opening double doors, our wreath is cut in half.)
  2. Spray-paint the leaves purple and immediately sprinkle glitter onto the wet paint, coating an equal number of leaves with each of the two shades of glitter.
  3. When the paint is completely dry, spray the leaves with matte finish.
  4. Arrange the leaves around the front surface of the wreath; use the stems of the leaves to wire them in place.
  5. Wire the crow to the lower left section of the wreath.
  6. Arrange the ornaments on the wreath. When pleased with the arrangement, wire the ornaments in place.

Watchful Crows

While these crows don't make a sound, they add a bit of creepiness to the entry, below, right and left. Firmly plant the crows to their perches with a wire wrap. Just for fun, add painted glass balls to the scene.

If you're tired of the same ho-hum jack-o'-lantern by the front door, these bold pumpkins in nontraditional colors will wake up the neighborhood. The combo of bright colors, polka dots, and glitter adds glam to artificial pumpkins.

Supplies

  • Artificial carvable pumpkins
  • Spray paint: Krylon Osha Safety Green (2012), Home Decor Plum Royale (7406), Short Cuts Hot Pink (SCS-039), and Interior-Exterior Pumpkin Orange (2411)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft tape in circle shapes
  • Black glitter
  • Matte finish spray

Instructions

  1. Spray-paint each of the pumpkins the desired color, following the manufacturer's instructions. Paint the stem black; let dry.
  2. To add dots, remove the craft-tape circle shapes one at a time from the backing sheet and press onto the pumpkins in a random fashion.
  3. Peel off the red liner from each shape and sprinkle glitter onto the circle, pressing the glitter down with your fingertip if desired.
  4. Spray all surfaces of the pumpkins with matte finish.

Mix up the doormat with other holiday shapes, from cats to witches and ghosts.

Supplies

  • Jute rug
  • Newspaper
  • Clear self-sticking covering (we used Con-Tact Paper)
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Spray paint: Krylon Interior-Exterior Ultra Flat Black (1602) and Interior-Exterior Ultra Pumpkin Orange (2411), Osha Safety Green (2012), Home Decor Plum Royale (7406), and Short Cuts Hot Pink (SCS-039)
  • Large pieces of cardboard
  • Circle-shape item, such as a coaster or jar lid

Instructions

  1. Cut or piece newspaper to the same size as the rug. Freehand-draw large pumpkins in assorted shapes and sizes onto the newsprint. Cut out each pumpkin shape, including the stem, to make one template for each shape.
  2. Transfer each of the pumpkin templates onto a piece of clear self-sticking covering, piecing the covering if necessary to make a stencil for each pumpkin. Use a craft knife or scissors to carefully cut out each pumpkin on the lines. Cut a separate stencil for each stem.
  3. Beginning with a background pumpkin, remove the backing from the stencil and smooth it in place on the rug. Firmly press along the cut edges of the stencil. Use large pieces of cardboard to protect the rug around the edges of the stencil.
  4. Spray the pumpkin the desired color, following the manufacturer's instructions. When the paint is completely dry, remove the backing from the stem-shape stencil.
  5. Spray the stem black; let dry. Repeat these steps for each of the pumpkins.
  6. For the dotted pumpkin, cut out an additional pumpkin stencil, using the circle-shape item to make polka dots and removing only the polka-dot shapes.
  7. Remove the backing from the stencil and carefully position it on the pumpkin, firmly smoothing down the edges of the circles. Spray the dots black.
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