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

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

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Haunted Pumpkin on Boo Avenue

Fit for ghouls of every sort, this miniature mansion makes a most haunting centerpiece.

What You Need:

Add dried flowers as a finishing touch to this spooky centerpiece.
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Heavy black paper
  • Ruler
  • 1/8-inch square dowel
  • saw
  • Thick white crafts glue
  • Acrylic paints in purple, green, orange, and white
  • Paintbrush
  • Alphabet macaroni
  • 4-inch-long metal banner and a 1-1/2-inch-wide metal sign (available with the miniatures in craft stores)
  • Medium-size pumpkin
  • Brush-on white glitter
  • 8-inch foam wreath
  • Assorted dried flowers
  • Miniature tree (available in crafts shops with the miniature village items)


1. Download the free pattern for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

Haunted house pattern

Download Adobe Acrobat

2. Trace the patterns. Cut out. Trace the shapes on black paper and cut out. Cut an 8-1/2 x 5-1/2-inch piece of black paper for roof. Cut pieces of dowel to frame and add crossbars to each window and door. Glue in place. Let dry.

3. Paint the dowel pieces purple. Let dry. Add green stripes. Let dry. Paint orange checks along the edge of the roof. Let dry. Glue alphabet macaroni onto the banner to spell BOO AVENUE. Glue the word BEWARE on the sign. Glue an O on the door for the doorknob. Let dry.

4. Paint the macaroni white. Add green shading to letters. Paint doorknob orange. Let dry. Glue the door, windows, and BOO AVENUE banner to one side of the pumpkin. Let dry. Fold the roof piece in half. Cut an X in the center to slip over the stem. Pleat roof once on each side of fold as shown in photo. Place over stem.

5. Paint glitter on the stem, roof, and pumpkin. Let dry. Place pumpkin in wreath. Cover wreath by poking in dried flowers. Add the BEWARE sign and miniature tree.


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