How to Make Homemade Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

We have an 8th Birthday in our house next weekend. My daughter, inspired by all the beautiful images on Pinterest of wonderful, sparkly cake creations, has set her heart on having a beautiful rainbow birthday cake.

Super simple tutorial showing you how to make Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles at home cheaply. You can make a whole rainbow of colours. Such a fun activity for kids. Who doesn't love edible glitter! Perfect for making cakes, biscuits and cupcakes come alive.

 

It’s surprising how cost mounts up when you decorate a cake. I really didn’t want to invest in lots of different colour sprinkles, so suggested that they probably wouldn’t be hard to make ourselves. Turns out I was right (don’t you love it when that happens!). Here is our super easy tutorial for making your own Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles in a whole rainbow of colours for pence.

 

Super simple tutorial showing you how to make Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles at home cheaply. You can make a whole rainbow of colours. Such a fun activity for kids. Who doesn't love edible glitter! Perfect for making cakes, biscuits and cupcakes come alive.

 

 How to Make Homemade Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles

  • All you need is sugar – we used preserving.
  • A selection of food colouring.  We used food colour gels, but I think this any sort of food colouring would work.
  • A jar and lid.

 

Super simple tutorial showing you how to make Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles at home cheaply. You can make a whole rainbow of colours. Such a fun activity for kids. Who doesn't love edible glitter! Perfect for making cakes, biscuits and cupcakes come alive.

 

 Throw your sugar in the jar, and add a few drops of colouring.

 

Super simple tutorial showing you how to make Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles at home cheaply. You can make a whole rainbow of colours. Such a fun activity for kids. Who doesn't love edible glitter! Perfect for making cakes, biscuits and cupcakes come alive.

 

Pop on the lid, and give it a good shake. One of our gels was a little thick and didn’t mix so well, so we simply added a couple of drops of water and gave it another good shake which evened it out.

 

Super simple tutorial showing you how to make Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles at home cheaply. You can make a whole rainbow of colours. Such a fun activity for kids. Who doesn't love edible glitter! Perfect for making cakes, biscuits and cupcakes come alive.

 

We then tipped our sugar into bowls, and left it for an hour in a warm place to completely dry out. Once dry we returned it to the jars for another shake to ensure it wasn’t lumpy.

 

Super simple tutorial showing you how to make Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles at home cheaply. You can make a whole rainbow of colours. Such a fun activity for kids. Who doesn't love edible glitter! Perfect for making cakes, biscuits and cupcakes come alive.

 

Store it in a little jar, ready for use. We actually think it looks pretty enough to give away as gifts, and love the fact we can make any colour we want!

For more baking inspiration, why not check out our wonderful Amaretti Apple Tart and our beautiful Summer Berry Pavlova.

If you have enjoyed this tutorial, please share for others to enjoy too x


Super simple tutorial showing you how to make Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles at home, easily, and cheaply in a whole rainbow of colours.

 

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62 comments

Lisa March 18, 2017 - 10:24 pm

Would like to know what is preserving sugar? All I know about is regular granulated sugar. Where can I find preserving sugar?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 19, 2017 - 9:21 am

Preserving sugar has larger crystals than granulating – it’s also called Jam sugar and the bigger crystals are meant to give a clearer jam. Granulated sugar would work just as well for the sprinkles though, I used preserving as we have lots in the cupboard 🙂

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Kellie September 7, 2016 - 4:48 am

So smart! We have allergies, but we can have sugar and food coloring. There are not many toppings we can use. I would have never thought of this until now. Thanks.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 12, 2016 - 12:49 pm

The kids will love making them, Kellie – before you know it you’ll have a rainbow of colours!

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Celeste | The Whole Serving September 6, 2016 - 10:27 pm

This is perfect for the upcoming holiday baking. Thanks for showing us how.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 12, 2016 - 12:49 pm

They are so quick and simple Celeste, and you can make any colour you want 🙂

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Linda at Mixed Kreations August 29, 2016 - 2:03 pm

Oh fun! Such bright pretty colors. Would be great for decorating cookies for the holidays.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders August 31, 2016 - 12:00 pm

It’s lovely to be able to make any colour you fancy, and so much cheaper than buying them from the shops 🙂

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Jenny - Monkey and Mouse February 26, 2016 - 10:41 pm

Oh these are amazing! I love how simple they are to make, why had I not thought of this before! We will definitely have to make some for the next birthday cake. Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 27, 2016 - 3:37 pm

That’s exactly what I though Jenny, once I started making them – it’s so obvious once you know! Thanks for having us on #HowtoSunday – looking forward to linking up again tomorrow x

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Kerry February 21, 2016 - 8:36 pm

I love this! Didn’t realise it was so easy, I have to try this. I’m all for making your own if you can. Great post x via #HowtoSunday

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 22, 2016 - 9:46 pm

It couldn’t be simpler, and it seems much better to spend your money on food colouring that you can use for lots of things, rather than sprinkles 🙂

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Crummy Mummy February 21, 2016 - 5:41 pm

This is a really clever idea – will definitely be stealing it! #howtosunday

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 22, 2016 - 9:48 pm

It’s one of those things which is so obvious once you’ve seen it, cant believe how many pots of sprinkles I bought in the past before it dawned on me that they were just coloured sugar!

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Caro | The Twinkle Diaries November 12, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Oh Sarah!! I LOVE this!!!!!!!! This is the kind of thing that I get totally over-excited by!! I HAVE coloured food gels, that I bought to make a rainbow cake (STILL haven’t managed to do that) but will *definitely* do this!!! How fabulous!! Thanks for sharing and thanks too for linking up with us on #TwinklyTuesday

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 13, 2015 - 7:59 pm

I keep almost making rainbow cakes too 🙂 There’s so many great ideas out there, its hard to get around to them all! These are lovely and quick though – really no effort at all!

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Erin @ Nourishing My Scholar November 12, 2015 - 1:40 am

This looks so easy!!! We have a birthday this weekend and these sparkling sugar sprinkles maybe awesome on top of the homemade cupcakes! Thanks!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 12, 2015 - 11:18 am

They honestly couldn’t be easier – will take you longer to decide what colours to make than actually making them 🙂

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Adventures of Adam November 11, 2015 - 12:43 pm

I’ve always wondered if this would work – so please it did!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 12, 2015 - 11:31 am

It really does work well – cant believe I’ve been buying them for all these years!

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sairish November 11, 2015 - 11:18 am

I love this! Im also a cake decorator as well as a blogger and this is really handy!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 12, 2015 - 11:35 am

What a lovely talent to have! Must keep you busy doing both 🙂

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Sairish November 12, 2015 - 8:43 pm

Yes indeed. Although I’m a fairly new blogger so it’s all good xx

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Christine Kenny November 11, 2015 - 7:51 am

These look super cute and so easy to make. Think i’l be making some Christmas inspired ones this year.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 12, 2015 - 11:37 am

Be perfect for Christmas, I run the decorate a biscuit stall at our school fairs, so will be using them for that 🙂

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Denise/DIY Crush November 10, 2015 - 12:19 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this pretty DIY at my craft party on Thursday! Hope to see your newest posts this week, which starts at 7pm EST.

http://www.diy-crush.com/blog/category/link-party/

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 10, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Thanks for having us – we’re looking forward to linking up again 🙂

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ERFmama November 9, 2015 - 11:40 pm

THank you so much for this! I am always on the lookout for more arts and craft ideas. 😀 These look brilliant!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 10, 2015 - 11:42 am

They’re great fun to make, and so quick 🙂

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Nikki Frank-Hamilton November 9, 2015 - 11:30 pm

Sarah, my daughter is the baker in the family, so I am pinning this for her. She always has me buying sprinkles for cookies and cakes, this way she can determine what color she wants and learn how to do it herself. And I’m sure it’s a fraction of the cost! Thanks!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 10, 2015 - 11:28 am

They are super quick and cheap to make Nikki, plus you can make exactly the shade you want. Turns out my daughter needs them in every shade!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 9, 2015 - 11:02 am

Thanks so much to the Free Range Family for featuring us on #KidsintheKitchen – check out their blog for loads of great craft, recipes and homeschooling ideas 🙂

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Tracey Abrahams November 7, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Its amazing how much cheaper and simpler some of these things are to make than you would first think. And it give the kids such a buzz knowing they did it for themselves.
Thank you for linking up, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 7, 2015 - 11:23 pm

It really is – I guess we are so used to rushing around and buying stuff that half the time it doesn’t even occur to us that we might be able to make it at home.:)

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Claire November 7, 2015 - 9:20 am

Oh my goodness! Ehat a fantastic idea! We get through a TON of sprinkles every time I bake so this would be PERFECT! Thankyou so so much for sharing this with me for #kidsinthekitchen I’m off to have a go!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 7, 2015 - 11:24 pm

So do we, your girls will love making these 🙂

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Jessica Powell November 6, 2015 - 9:57 pm

These look great – and so simple even I can give it a go! 😉 #pocolo

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 7, 2015 - 11:25 pm

I was astounded how easy these were, just never stopped to think how these were made 🙂

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Claire November 6, 2015 - 9:47 pm

Great idea, I need to try this 🙂

Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop..

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 7, 2015 - 11:26 pm

You wont find a quicker or easier make than this – takes seconds!

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Let kids be kids November 6, 2015 - 10:35 am

They look so pretty and really simple. Great idea. #PoCoLo

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 6, 2015 - 11:51 am

You couldn’t get simpler! They would be perfect to make at any age – there’s something really fun about seeing them change colour as you give them a shake 🙂

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Lianne November 6, 2015 - 9:45 am

Oh wow what a great idea! I will definitely try this, so much cheaper than the little tubs you can buy!! #pocolo

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 6, 2015 - 11:52 am

I can’t believe how much money I’ve spent on sprinkles in the past! I know you’ll have lots of fun making them – bet you end up with a whole rainbow of colours 🙂

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Mudpie Fridays November 5, 2015 - 9:05 pm

They look very effective 🙂 and the colours have come out really lovely. Hope her Birthday goes well xx #Kidsinthekitchen

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Mudpie Fridays November 5, 2015 - 9:08 pm

opps should have said #kidsinthekitchen x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 6, 2015 - 11:55 am

Thank you so much – she has a birthday present list as long as her arm lol x

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Honest mum November 4, 2015 - 3:27 pm

Oh wow, how pretty! Must try this! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 5, 2015 - 12:42 pm

They boys will love making them, and they are so quick!

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Denise/DIY Crush November 4, 2015 - 12:50 pm

Those are too cute!! They would look great as decoration for the holidays if made with holiday colors!! Stopping by from #WAYWOW! I’d love to have you come over and link your post up to my craft party which starts at 7pm EST. and is new every Thursday! I also pin every post!

http://www.diy-crush.com/blog/category/link-party/

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 4, 2015 - 2:07 pm

We’d love to link up – we’ll see you there. Thanks for popping by x

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Rhyming with wine November 4, 2015 - 7:47 am

Brilliant idea. So simple but the kids will love the colours and they can be used in anything! I’m thinking a few rainbow sprinkles on porridge for starters… #abitofeverything

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 4, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Now that would make porridge far prettier! Went to be thinking about your poetry last night – it really made me laugh, will think about you every time I watch Downton Abbey now 🙂

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Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows November 4, 2015 - 12:07 am

So simple and effective! Thanks for sharing.

#alittlebitofanything

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 4, 2015 - 12:46 pm

I surprised myself how ridiculously easy they are to make, will never buy them again!

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Suzie@homemaker-mom November 3, 2015 - 2:16 am

Super neat! I love the colors. So nice!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 4, 2015 - 12:48 pm

Think we’re going to end up with hundreds of shades at the rate we are going – need to get a lot more baking done!

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Kate Reed November 2, 2015 - 8:55 pm

So pretty! These would look beautiful on cupcakes & cookies!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 2, 2015 - 9:46 pm

We’re really pleased with how simple they are to make, the rate the kids are going we will soon have them in every colour imaginable!

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Sara at Handy Herbs November 2, 2015 - 6:05 pm

What a creative and fun thing for children to do. I bet they could be used in so many different ways too 🙂 #KidsintheKitchen

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 2, 2015 - 9:51 pm

They certainly keep suggesting some unusual combinations lol, I think they are hoping Mummy will forget its made out of sugar and let them put them on everything. They also want to do the same thing with salt which could also have some interesting applications 🙂

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