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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Handmade Valentine's Day Cards

Show your loved ones how much you care with a homemade Valentine's Day card made straight from the heart. Use buttons, bows, and embellishments to add sophistication and style to these Valentine's Day cards -- your special someone will love the homemade gift.

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    • Love Notes Cards

      Send a simple, heartfelt message with one of these sweet and oh-so-easy handmade Valentine's Day cards.

      Make the I Heart You Valentine's Day card:
      Print the template onto plain paper, then cut out along the solid lines. Trace the template onto 12x12-inch cardstock, cut out, then fold as indicated by the dotted lines.

      Make the Heart Accordian Valentine's Day card:
      Print the template onto plain paper and cut out. On a piece of cardstock, draw and cut out a 5-1/2x12-inch rectangle. Fold accordion-style along the short side (as indicated by the dotted lines). You should have six sections. Place the template on the folded paper with the open side of the heart over the top fold. Trace heart and cut out. On contrasting paper, trace a heart that's slightly larger all around. Glue to the back of the center heart on your accordion.

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    • Pretty Paper Poppies

      Bright and cheery blooms last way past February 14. Get the free patterns and how-to, below. You'll need crepe paper, tissue sheets, floral wire, and florist tape to create each blooming beauty.

      FREE Template and How-To
    • Love-Struck Bird Card

      Prove you're crazy for your valentine with a love-struck paper-pieced bird. Patterned scrapbooking paper makes up this adorable feathered friend -- use the photo as a guide to cut a body, wing, round eyes, three tail feathers, and a beak. Finish the card by cutting jagged grass, adding heart-shape brads for eyes, and adding a simple, sweet Valentine's Day message.

    • Candy Bar Valentine's Day Card

      This card is perfect for any loved one with a sweet tooth. Simply attach custom-wrapped candy bars to a stamped cardstock card using adhesive dots, then add felt embellishments or tiny tags that say "I love you."

    • Sewn-On Valentine's Day Card

      Grab the embroidery floss for a personalized card that takes just a few minutes (and costs almost nothing).

    • Sophisticated Valentine's Day Card

      Create a valentine that's both subtle and sophisticated by stitching around layered gray cardstock blocks. Trim around the card's sides with decorative-edge scissors, and finish the Valentine's Day card with pretty accents found at a crafts or scrapbooking store.

    • Aquatic Valentine's Day Card

      This aquatic-theme Valentine's Day card is a perfect holiday sentiment for your sweetie. Cut out our whale pattern from two different colors of cardstock, using a crafts knife to partially cut the flipper. Wood-grain patterned paper provides a pretty ocean feel, or you can draw white circles onto teal paper with a white marking pen. At the top of your card, add a piece of white paper cut to resemble waves. Embellish the card with punched hearts, fish, and a typed or printed message.

    • Valentine's Day Scratch-Off Hearts Card

      This homemade card gets creative with scratch-off date ideas for Valentine's Day. Get the card template, available below, and type in your date-night choices. Find out how to make your own scratch-off material in a few simple steps, too.

    • Cute Owl Valentine's Day Card

      Sweet plays on words make creative sentiments for Valentine's Day cards. Here, an owl crafted from punched shapes (we used an oval punch, an oval scallop punch, and a corner rounder) delivers a simple message. Center a plain piece of cardstock with rounded corners on a patterned-paper card and attach. Add your paper owl and a message.

    • Pretty Homemade Cards: Stitch On Beads
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      Beaded Valentine's Day Card

      Sparkling beads boost the oohs and aahs over this fancy Valentine note.

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      Love Birds Card

      This cute bird's folded wings are the perfect nesting spot for a sweet valentine greeting for your loved one. We used a felt accent for our message, but you can easily write your own on a paper heart cutout. This bird comes together using paper piecings perched on a felt branch. Define the design by outlining some of the piecing shapes using a felt-tip pen.

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      True Love Quote Card

      Find a love quote that your valentine will appreciate, and add it to your card for a quick do-it-yourself greeting. Using a word-processing program, fill a text box with color; type your quote, varying the size and color of the type. Print the quote on cardstock, and accent the quote with a punched heart.

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      Guitar-Theme Valentine's Day Card

      Let your valentines know they rock with this creative card -- the design is especially appropriate for the boys in your life. Punch a circle in the bottom half of a card front, and attach five lengths of string vertically across the center, tucking them into a strip of paper. Back the opening with black patterned paper, and add letter stickers on top. A few punched hearts offer dimension.

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      Heart Cutout Card

      This sweet card is all about the heart. Layer shapes onto the front of your card, cutting a heart from one of them. Back the heart cutout with patterned paper. Add script paper and a bow to finish the design.

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      Robot Candy Bar Card

      Who wouldn't love a sweet robot-inspired valentine to celebrate the holiday? To make, use patterned paper to wrap a fun-size candy bar. Finish your robot by adding a head, arms, and legs cut from cardstock. Use buttons, punches, and googly eyes to make the robot yours.

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      Tweet-Hearts Valentine's Day Card

      Show your very own "tweet-heart" just how much you love them this Valentine's Day. To create a round card, fold a piece of cardstock in half and partially cut a circle. Emboss a large heart to add texture, then layer two cute birds on top. For the banner, simply stamp letters onto a scrap of white cardstock. The grass is trimmed patterned paper.

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      Valentine's Day Card for a Friend

      A premade tag attached to this card with a flower brad reveals a sweet Valentine's Day message for a friend. Embellish a piece of white cardstock with different cuts of patterned paper, then type or print a message to be kept secret by the swinging tag.

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      Hot Hot Hot Valentine's Day Card

      Tell your valentine that you have the hots for him with this clever candy card. Attach a square of notebook paper to the middle of a square card. Cut the words "you're" and "hot" from a magazine or newspaper page, and glue to a circle punched from white paper; attach to the notebook paper. Place eight or nine hot cinnamon candy pieces on the notebook paper square, and lay a thin plastic sheet over the top, stitching around its edges to attach it to the card.

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      Checking You Out Valentine's Day Card

      Attach a handwritten library card inside a library-card pocket (both supplies available at scrapbooking stores) atop patterned paper to get your flirty point across in an unexpected way. Adorn with stickers and ribbon. Stamp hearts on cardstock rectangles, then mount to the side.

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      Two Hearts Card

      A mix of hearts, polka-dots, and flowers (as well as a red-and-green color scheme) keeps this Valnetine's Day card looking unique. Stamp a green and a red heart; trim. Use adhesive foam to attach the hearts to a layered card. Slip ribbon under the green heart, tie into a bow, and add a short message stamped onto a tag.

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      'I Heart You' Banner Card

      Print a sweet message on metal-rim tags for a fun and flirty way to honor your sweetie. Connect the tags to the banner by stringing baker's twine through buttons and adhering the buttons to the tags. Attach to a layered card.

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      See-Through Valentine's Day Card

      A clear pocket makes your love easy to display in this Valentine's Day card. To make, cut a plastic slide holder into pieces, and attach a strip of pockets to the front of a card. Fill the pockets with punched hearts and stickers, and add a clever title (we used "It's clear to see how much I love you") that plays off the transparent look.

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      Tied with a Bow Card

      A giant heart on this Valentine's Day card is an unmistakable way to show your love. Cut and score a white cardstock base as shown in the downloadable pattern. Then embellish the heart with your favorite decorative papers. A lovely ribbon ties it all together.

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