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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Sitting Jack-o'-Lantern Scarecrow

Decorate this pumpkin scarecrow with a flock of artificial ravens for an eerie Halloween yard display.

What You'll Need

  • Pumpkin (approximately the size of a human head)
  • Marker or pen (to transfer pattern)
  • Knife or carving tools
  • Shirt
  • Overalls
  • Straw
  • PVC Pipe
  • Heavy-duty wire
  • Artificial birds
  • Battery-operated candle

Download the free pattern

How to Make It

  1. Download the free pattern and transfer it onto a pumpkin that has been cleaned out. Note: You should cut the access hole on the bottom of the pumpkin -- roughly the same size as the PVC pipe that you will be inserting later. Using a knife or carving tools, cut out the openings.
  2. Stuff a shirt and overalls with straw to make a scarecrow body. Cut a 3- to 4-inch PVC pipe long enough to fit through the torso of the body and up into the pumpkin. Slide the "head" onto the pipe through the hole in the bottom of the pumpkin.
  3. Wire the pipe to the back of a bench or chair where the scarecrow will be seated to secure the display.
  4. Wire artificial birds to the scarecrow, pumpkin, and bench. Pose the birds as desired.
  5. Use a battery-operated candle to illuminate the pumpkin. (A lighted candle could become a fire hazard.)

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