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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Halloween Pumpkins with Simple Folk Art Designs

Look back in time to inspire your pumpkin designs this Halloween. These folk art pumpkins are beautiful and easy to make.


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    • Make Waves

      Create this striking pumpkin by making a wave stencil out of kraft paper and attaching it to the pumpkin with pins. Trace the design around the entire pumpkin and fill the lines with basic black upholstery tacks.

      Editor's note: These pumpkin projects were produced by Matthew Mead.

    • Primitive Paintings

      Style your pumpkin with a colonial motif. Create a blank canvas for your hand-painted folk art design by sponge-painting a light-color pumpkin with cream or beige-color acrylic paint. You can paint your designs freehand using acrylic paint, or start by finding images online to trace onto your pumpkin's surface.

    • Paint a Pretty Witch

      To make this simple but stunning pumpkin, start by cutting out a witch silhouette that has been sized to fit your pumpkin. Search for "witch silhouette" or even "colonial woman silhouette" on the Internet. Add a broom and hat with a black marker to the printout. Attach the silhouette to the center of the pumpkin with pins, then trace around it with a fine-tip permanent marker. Fill in the lines with black acrylic paint. For the border, trace a piece of oval kraft paper with a pencil for a light outline and hand-paint with short strokes of black paint.

    • Add a Lace Face

      Add a touch of femininity to a pumpkin by embellishing it with lace features. Just cut paper doilies into eye, nose, and mouth shapes and pin onto the pumpkin to make a face.

    • Make a Metal Mug

      The pleasant expression of your pumpkin face also can be assembled with metallic jewelry-making pieces. Find the supplies in the jewelry or charm section at your local crafts store or even at a flea market. Attach the pieces with straight pins.

    • Craft a Pumpkin Quilt

      Nail miniature pumpkins to a rectangular board to make a temporary pumpkin "quilt." Use a black ribbon to hang the festive decoration. See the next slide for a closeup of some of the pumpkin designs.

    • Pumpkin Quilt Designs

      These quilt-block designs were painted on the pumpkins with a permanent black gel pen. Find quilt-block patterns in the images section of your search engine for inspiration, or go to our sister site

    • An Easy Pumpkin Topper

      Add a fun topper to your pumpkin using a square of black linen or even a simple black cloth napkin. Sew festive Halloween pom-poms on the corners of the square. Remember to cut a round hole in the middle of the linen square so the stem can poke through.

    • Build a Border

      This border was created using images from a Dover book of old-time Halloween illustrations that are copyright-free. Pictures of children in costumes were copied and positioned in a line, then printed and cut into strips. The strips were fastened to the pumpkin in a continuous border using pins.

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      Floral Face

      Instead of adorning your jack-o'-lantern with a frightening face, pretty it up with a floral design. Use a snowflake-making technique to cut out a symmetrical pattern on black paper. Glue yellow vellum to the back of the paper and cut both layers into a circle. Use pins to fasten the layered paper into a round hole carved in the center of the pumpkin.

      Editor's Note: The materials in this pumpkin are flammable, so only use a battery-powered candle to illuminate your design.

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      Chip Away a Pattern

      Create a folk-art-inspired pumpkin by sketching a simple vintage-look design in the center with a fine-tip marker. Then illuminate the design by chipping away a layer of pumpkin skin (instead of cutting all the way through) with wood chisels. Adding a chiseled border helps spotlight the design.

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      Pumpkins on Display

      Display pumpkins of various sizes, colors, and textures on shelves for easy folk art Halloween decor.

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      More cool pumpkin ideas

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      Fresh Ideas for Pumpkin Decorating

      This Halloween, your front porch will be sporting a new take on the traditional jack-o'-lantern. Check out these new ways to paint, sculpt, and embellish your pumpkins.
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