Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

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Easy 4th of July Decorations

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Festive July 4th Desserts

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Easter and Spring Door Decorations

Deck your front door with one of our pretty, Easter-inspired door decorations! We have loads of ideas, including beautiful wreaths, garlands, hanging decorations, and more! Pastel colors and springtime elements make each of our Easter door decorations the perfect way to welcome guests to your home.

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    • Paper Easter Wreath

      Make a creative and unique Easter wreath with our design for our vibrant craft made from rolled scrapbooking paper.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Select several sheets of patterned scrapbooking paper in pastel colors (we chose yellow and teal for ours!). Cut the paper into 2- to 6-inch squares, then roll (with one corner sticking out the top) to mimic petals; tape or glue each roll to secure. Starting around the outer edge, hot-glue the rolled squares to a large wreath-size circle. Continue gluing squares, working in a circular pattern, until you've reached the middle.

      Editor's Tip: Use large squares around the edges and small squares as you get closer to the middle.

    • Easter Egg Garland

      Let our Easter egg garland be your way of welcoming guests to your home.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Cut egg shapes from thick white cardstock, paint stripes across each egg, and hold upright for a cool, dripping look. Once dry, attach eggs along a length of string and hang.

    • Umbrella Easter Door Decoration

      A bouquet of pink tulips, along with greenery and dyed eggshells filled with daffodils, tuck neatly into an umbrella for a unique Easter door decoration.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Tie a pretty pink ribbon halfway up a closed umbrella to create a makeshift vase for your arrangement. Create pockets between front ribs and tuck in tissue paper to support a crafts-store bird's nest, blown-out dyed Easter eggs, fresh flowers, and greenery such as ferns and moss. When you're finished, wire the arrangement to a hook to hang on your front door.

      Editor's Tip: To keep flowers fresh, put the stems in water vials or heavy plastic bags filled with floral foam powder, available at floral supply stores.

    • Bright and Colorful Flower Wreath

      Transform an old picture frame into an Easter decoration thanks to store-bought colorful flowers.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Hot-glue 1- to 3-inch-wide flowers to an old picture frame. We used vibrant rafia flowers to make ours, but you can use any type of faux flower found at your local crafts store. Braid thick strips of cloth together to use as a hanger; decorate the hook with extra flowers.

    • Easter Basket Decoration

      A bright blue wicker basket filled with white tulips is a welcome sign of spring that will complement any door.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Choose a basket with a flat side so it will lay flat against your door, then fill with white tulips (placed in lightweight cups of water), grass, and a tiny bird's nest filled with cracked eggshells. For a final touch, add a band of ribbon around the bottom of the basket. Tie a pretty bow in front and on top of the handle to hang.

    • Colored Easter Egg Wreath

      Our easy-to-make Easter wreath adds a pop of pretty pastel color to your front door.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Using an awl, poke a small hole in each end of 12 plastic eggs. Cut 1/2x3-inch strips of patterned paper.

      Brush decoupage medium onto the back of a paper strip and apply to an egg, smoothing out the excess glue and air bubbles; repeat until egg is covered. After all of the eggs are covered, brush two thin coats of decoupage medium over the eggs, letting them dry in between coats. String the eggs onto a 16-gauge wire, allowing an extra inch at each end. Wrap one end around the other to form a wreath shape; cover wire ends with a pretty pastel ribbon and hang.

    • Hanging Easter Egg Decoration

      A bunch of pastel Easter eggs works as a festive decoration for your front door.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Wrap plastic foam egg shapes (available at crafts supply stores) with crepe paper, and attach the ends with glue or a small straight pin. Add yellow ribbon, secured with small straight pins, and leave a long end for tying. Gather the eggs at various lengths and tie the ribbons together. Finish with a pretty bow, and hang the decoration from a removable adhesive hook or wreath hanger.

    • Spring Book Page Wreaths

      Dyed book pages make an interesting and colorful wreath.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Choose from one of our three colors and three styles to pick from, (we even include the dye formula to mimic our look). Be sure to display these in a dry area or plan to take them in if a spring shower is headed your way.

      Get the wreath instructions.
    • Easter Basket Door Decoration

      This bright Easter basket full of blooms is ready to welcome spring.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Choose a basket with a flat side that complements your door, and wire faux twigs and vines to it to form a handle. Stick lightweight glasses inside both sides of the basket to hold tulips, and tuck in wheatgrass to secure the glasses in place. Hot-glue painted eggshells and feathers to the grass. Apply letter stickers to plastic eggs, spray with pearlescent paint, and let dry. Remove the stickers. Hot-glue the eggs to a wide ribbon, and hot-glue the ribbon to the basket. To care for your door decoration, keep the tulip water fresh and periodically mist the grass.

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      Succulent Monogram

      Succulents are hearty plants that love to grow vertically -- they're slow growers with low-water requirements.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      With such rich colors and textures, you'll want to grab a few varieties to plant in a shaped box: Look for monograms, circles, hearts, and other boxes that you can transform, then follow our succulent hanging tutorial.

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      Spring Color Yarn-Wrapped Wreath

      Accent a spring door with our easy-to-make wreath made from various colors of yarn.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Make marks on the front of a foam wreath where you want to change up colors. Then take multiple colors of worsted-weight yarn and start wrapping. Hot-glue the yarn end to the wreath, and wrap the yarn tightly so the wreath form doesn't show through. When you finish a color, hot-glue the yarn end to the wreath and start wrapping with a new color.

      When you're finished wrapping, hot-glue spring elements, such as faux flowers, to your wreath for accents. Add a ribbon and hang.

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      Yellow Flower and Twig Wreath

      Tame a wild twig wreath with pretty pops of colorful faux flowers.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Purchase a simple twig wreath from a crafts store. Browse the flower aisle for a vast array of hues and shapes; simply hot-glue cuttings to your wreath.

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      Paper Butterfly Wreath

      Pretty paper butterflies accent a standard twig wreath.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Fold various patterns of scrapbook paper (or other sturdy-weight paper) in half lengthwise. Draw the top half of a heart shape (let the point of the heart fall off the fold). Cut out the shape, leaving the fold intact, and unfold. To make the antennae, tie a piece of twine or a neutral-color chenille stem around the fold in the paper. Experiment with different colors and sizes of paper, adding as many butterflies to the wreath as you'd like. Secure the butterflies to the wreath with hot glue.

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      Jelly Bean Monogram

      Instead of a wreath, hang a fun jelly bean monogram on your front door for spring.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Paint a papier-mache letter (available at crafts stores) using acrylic paint in a pretty spring color, such as the purple shown here. For a single-color decoration, match the paint color to the jelly beans; if you want a multicolor decoration, mix pastel jelly beans and a single color of paint for the letter. Once the paint is dry, hot-glue the jelly beans to the front of the letter and let dry. Hot-glue a ribbon to the back to create a hanging loop, and hang on your front door.

      Editor's Tip: To protect the candy and make the decoration last year after year, spray it with a clear-coat finish and let dry before hanging.

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      Spring Lamb's Ear Wreath

      Velvety lamb's ear leaves are hot-glued to a plastic-foam wreath to create this spring door decoration.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Be sure to cover the sides as well as the top of the wreath with lamb's ear to hide the entire foam ring. Hot-glue silk flowers to the leaves for colorful accents, then hang wreath with a ribbon or set flat on a dining table as an Easter centerpiece.

      Editor's Tip: In lieu of fresh leaves, use artificial ones to create a timeless wreath.

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      Twig Wreath with Birds

      Revisit the pretty bird ornaments you stashed this Christmas -- here they make a natural spring statement inside a bundled twig wreath.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Look for a wreath form at a local crafts store, or make your own with bundles of six or so twigs connected with twine. Hot-glue the bundles first, then use the twine to connect the ends. Hang a couple spring birds from the wreath; tie with a yellow ribbon to display.

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      Flowery Spring Wreath

      A simple moss-covered wreath form is dressed up for spring with a few redtwig dogwood stems, green ornament balls, and pink flowers.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Tuck your chosen accents into a simple moss-covered wreath using hot-glue to secure. If you're using fresh flowers, tuck them into floral vials so they'll last longer, and hide the vials in the moss.

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      Spring Watering Can with Flowers

      Fill a rustic watering can with pink tulips, greenery, and pastel blue eggshells for a perfect spring door decoration.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      Stuff the watering can with floral foam to secure the stems. Add picks to blown-out eggshells to secure them as well. When you're finished creating the arrangement, wire it to your front door and cover the wire with ribbon. To keep flowers fresh, put the stems in water vials or heavy plastic bags filled with floral foam powder, available at floral supply stores.

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      Springtime Floral Wreath

      Our pretty spring wreath made from dried flowers and leaves is a gorgeous decoration for your front door or wooden garden gate.

       

      Make the Easter Door Decoration:
      The wreath is made with a base of dried sage and accented with Celosia, globe thistle, static, Liatris, and Eryngium. We stuck the dried elements into floral foam, working clockwise from the top.

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      Easy Easter Centerpieces and Table Settings

      Our beautiful Easter-inspired centerpieces and table settings are the perfect way to prepare for any spring get-together. Mix-and-match our creative ideas for your Easter table or use them as inspiration to create your own display. All the guests at your Easter dinner table will love sitting down to a stunning and creative spring display.
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