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Homemade Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles

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

 

Having spent 10 minutes in the local supermarket baking aisle with her over the weekend, declining to buy a basket full of goodies, I slightly rashly announced that we could easily make most of what she coveted at home! 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 pennies.

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.

 You will need: Sugar (We used preserving; we like the large crystals, plus happen to have loads in the cupboard!), a selection of food colouring, 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.

 We used food colour gels, but I think this would work with any sort of food colouring. 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

 

Learn how to make sugar sprinkles in a rainbow of colours using items from your store cupboard, really simple and fun to make

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62 Comments

  • Reply Lisa

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

    March 18, 2017 at 10:24 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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 🙂

      March 19, 2017 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Kellie

    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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    September 7, 2016 at 4:48 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      September 12, 2016 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Celeste | The Whole Serving

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

    September 6, 2016 at 10:27 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      September 12, 2016 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Oh fun! Such bright pretty colors. Would be great for decorating cookies for the holidays.
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    August 29, 2016 at 2:03 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      August 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Jenny - Monkey and Mouse

    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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    February 26, 2016 at 10:41 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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

      February 27, 2016 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Kerry

    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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    February 21, 2016 at 8:36 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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 🙂

      February 22, 2016 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply Crummy Mummy

    This is a really clever idea – will definitely be stealing it! #howtosunday
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    February 21, 2016 at 5:41 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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!

      February 22, 2016 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

    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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    November 12, 2015 at 8:18 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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!

      November 13, 2015 at 7:59 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Nourishing My Scholar

    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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    November 12, 2015 at 1:40 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      November 12, 2015 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Adventures of Adam

    I’ve always wondered if this would work – so please it did!
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    November 11, 2015 at 12:43 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      November 12, 2015 at 11:31 am
  • Reply sairish

    I love this! Im also a cake decorator as well as a blogger and this is really handy!
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    November 11, 2015 at 11:18 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      November 12, 2015 at 11:35 am
      • Reply Sairish

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

        November 12, 2015 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply Christine Kenny

    These look super cute and so easy to make. Think i’l be making some Christmas inspired ones this year.
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    November 11, 2015 at 7:51 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      November 12, 2015 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Denise/DIY Crush

    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/

    November 10, 2015 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply ERFmama

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

    November 9, 2015 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    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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    November 9, 2015 at 11:30 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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!

      November 10, 2015 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Kids in the Kitchen #9 - The Freerange Family

    […] know I featured Craft invaders a couple of weeks ago but I had to share this with you all incase you missed it! We go through a […]

    November 9, 2015 at 2:00 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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 🙂

      November 9, 2015 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Tracey Abrahams

    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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    November 7, 2015 at 3:05 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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.:)

      November 7, 2015 at 11:23 pm
  • Reply Claire

    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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    November 7, 2015 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Jessica Powell

    These look great – and so simple even I can give it a go! 😉 #pocolo
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    November 6, 2015 at 9:57 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      November 7, 2015 at 11:25 pm
  • Reply Claire

    Great idea, I need to try this 🙂

    Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop..
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    November 6, 2015 at 9:47 pm
  • Reply Let kids be kids

    They look so pretty and really simple. Great idea. #PoCoLo
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    November 6, 2015 at 10:35 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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 🙂

      November 6, 2015 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Lianne

    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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    November 6, 2015 at 9:45 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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 🙂

      November 6, 2015 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Mudpie Fridays

    They look very effective 🙂 and the colours have come out really lovely. Hope her Birthday goes well xx #Kidsinthekitchen
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    November 5, 2015 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Honest mum

    Oh wow, how pretty! Must try this! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays
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    November 4, 2015 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Denise/DIY Crush

    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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    November 4, 2015 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Rhyming with wine

    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

    November 4, 2015 at 7:47 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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 🙂

      November 4, 2015 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows

    So simple and effective! Thanks for sharing.

    #alittlebitofanything
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    November 4, 2015 at 12:07 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      November 4, 2015 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Suzie@homemaker-mom

    Super neat! I love the colors. So nice!
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    November 3, 2015 at 2:16 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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!

      November 4, 2015 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Kate Reed

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

    November 2, 2015 at 8:55 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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!

      November 2, 2015 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply Sara at Handy Herbs

    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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    November 2, 2015 at 6:05 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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 🙂

      November 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm

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