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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Masquerade Masks

To disguise your bright eyes for a New Year's party or Mardi Gras, let them take flight in a fantasy of feathers.

Materials

  • Mask form
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge decoupage medium
  • Hot-glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Decorative pencils
  • Bead wire
  • Striped-animal-print felt
  • Orange glitter glue
  • Feathers (orange and black)
  • Faceted beads (orange and black)

Instructions

  1. Place the mask form on top of the felt. Cut around the mask, adding a 1/2-inch margin all around. Paint a coat of decoupage medium on the front of the mask. Place the felt on top, and press firmly until the felt adheres to the mask. Let the mask dry.
  2. Using sharp scissors, cut the excess felt around the outside edges. Poke a hole in the middle of each eye, and cut out the openings. Outline the stripes with glitter glue, and let the glue dry.
  3. Starting at a top corner of the mask, glue on feathers, alternating the colors, so they frame the outer edges of the eyes. Glue a pencil to the mask for a handle.
  4. String and coil faceted beads on a length of bead wire. Wrap the beaded wire around the handle, letting several beads dangle from the bottom. Dab glue on the wire at the back of the mask to hold it in place.

Materials

  • Mask form
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge decoupage medium
  • Hot-glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Decorative pencils
  • Bead wire
  • Sequins in assorted colors
  • Purple feathers
  • Pearl glitter glue
  • Pink sequins-and-beads trim
  • Faceted beads in assorted colors

Instructions

  1. Paint the front of the mask form with a coat of decoupage medium, and cover it with sequins. Let dry.
  2. Glue on four or five feathers to frame the eyes as directed for the Tiger Mask. Layer and glue on six to eight feathers between the eyes. Accent some of the feathers with glitter glue. Glue a row of sequins-and-beads trim along the bottom of the mask.
  3. Glue a pencil to the mask for a handle. Wire and coil beads to the handle as directed for the Tiger Mask. Glue one bead to the bottom of the handle.

Materials

  • Mask form
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge decoupage medium
  • Hot-glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Decorative pencils
  • Bead wire
  • Pink sequins
  • Pearl glitter glue
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • White card stock
  • Purple glitter
  • Pink feathers
  • Assorted pink glass beads
  • Fuchsia heart bead
  • Pink sequins-and-beads trim

Instructions

  1. Coat the upper half of the mask with decoupage medium, and cover the area with sequins. Let the medium dry. Run a line of glitter glue along the top edge of the mask.
  2. Using the photo as a guide, create an equilateral triangle beak pattern on tracing paper. The triangle measures 3 inches at the base and 5 inches from the base center to the triangle tip. Include tabs on the edge that will be glued to the mask so you'll be able to glue it securely.
  3. Use the pattern to trace and cut the beak from card stock. Bend the beak in half. Fold the tabs forward. Attach the beak to the mask between the eyes with the tabs glued onto the back of the mask. Coat the beak with decoupage medium, and sprinkle it with glitter. Let dry.
  4. Starting at the nose of the mask, glue a layer of feathers over the beak, and under and up the outside of the eyes. Fill in the area with additional layers of feathers. Glue glass beads across the bridge of the beak.
  5. Glue the heart bead to the cheek. Glue a pencil to the mask for a handle, and finish the handle as directed for the Tiger Mask.
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