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 Creepy Candy Jars for Halloween

Turn clear glass jars into your favorite Halloween ghouls, then fill them with candies and see who can guess how many morsels are inside.

What You'll Need

  • Lidded glass containers in a variety of sizes
  • Glitter felt; orange and black
  • Felt; black, purple, orange, yellow, red
  • Plastic-foam balls (we used Styrofoam balls); 4-inch (Dracula), 3-inch (cat), 2-inch (bat)
  • Acrylic paint: black, blue, green, pink
  • Black dimensional crafts paint
  • Crafts foam: black, green, white, purple
  • Small black buttons
  • Green florist cloth wire (cat whiskers)
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Glue gun and low-temperature hotmelt adhesive

How to Make It

  1. Referring to the photos for color choices, cover the jar lids with felt. Cut a circle from felt about 2 inches larger than the diameter of the lid. Glue the felt to the top, and then cut slits in the felt all around the edge. Fold down and glue the cut felt to the edge of the lids; trim off excess fabric.
  2. Paint the foam balls and let them dry. Cut off the bottoms to flatten. Then glue them to the tops of the jars.
  3. Paint Dracula's cheeks pink and let the paint dry. Add a mouth to both the bat and to Dracula using dimensional black paint. From green foam, cut the cat's mouth and add the details with the dimensional black paint. Set it aside to dry.
  4. From foam and glitter felt, cut ears, mouths, hair, noses, teeth, and wings. Attach them to the heads with hotmelt adhesive.
  5. Measure the Dracula jar and cut glitter fabric for the cape that wraps halfway around the lid. Glue it to the lid. For his bow tie, cut and tie a 2-x-4-inch piece of red felt. Glue it in place.
  6. Wrap orange glitter felt around the jar, overlapping ends at the front. Cut points at the overlap to resemble a vest front. Glue it to the jar, and then glue small black buttons down the front.
  7. Cut out six 8-inch lengths of green florist's wire. Bend them into wavy shapes to form whiskers. Bend one end of each piece to a 90-degree angle, apply a small amount of adhesive to the end, and then push it into the foam ball under the cat's nose.
  8. Glue all wiggly eyes into place.
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