This simple way to make your own custom colored DIY sanding sugar sprinkles will blow your mind and save you money. Make custom sprinkle mixes YOUR way!
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Let’s talk sanding sugar sprinkles. You guys.. it’s like glitter for cupcakes. I’m serious! Unfortunately having a variety of Colored Sanding Sugar Sprinkles can get kinda expensive and really frustrating when you can’t find the color you need for a particular party theme or inspiration. Sound familiar? Thought so.
Did you know you can make your own custom colored sugar sprinkles? Yep. You can make it in just about any color you like in 20 seconds flat. And then you can use this really cool tool to make all kinds of custom designs!
Okay so this is going to both blow your mind and save you a ton of cheddar… you ready?
Cost: $1-5 makes a ton!
Time: under 1 minute
Fun level: 10!
DIY Custom Sanding Sugar Sprinkles
Gel food coloring in choice color
Wax or Parchment Paper and a baking sheet (optional)
4 things! I’m sure you can do it! The coolest thing with making your own colors is that you can do it with just about any gel coloring. I used the neon Wilton Food colors because I happened to have them on hand but really, the sky is the limit.
How to make Custom Sanding Sugar Sprinkles
Place 1/4 c Granulated sugar (or more.. I just eyeballed how much I would need) and a few drops of food coloring into a ziplock bag. Seal it shut ( I like the ones that slide shut to avoid mess) and shake and squish. Really go for it. You want to make sure all of the food coloring is incorporated and there are no lumps. If you accidentally put too much food coloring in there just add a pinch or two of corn starch and that should soak up the moisture or you can always add more sugar!
Spread out on a wax paper lined baking sheet to let it dry out for a bit longer – 20 minutes-ish.
Transfer into an air tight container. If you want to use something to sprinkle it on I’ve also found that spice jars are both cheap and pretty awesome. Heck, I’m pretty sure I’ve got my own personal rainbow them in the cabinet right now… lemme check.
If you want to make metallic sanding sugars, you’ll need one more ingredient and that is Lustre Dust. For gold, combine the lustre dust with the granulated sugar and a few drops of yellow food coloring. For silver use silver lustre dust and a few drops of alcohol – I usually go with vodka since I have it on hand or you can use metallic food paint.
Go forth and make your custom colored sugar sprinkles!
Think of all the amazing mermaid-y cupcakes I can make with this! 😀June 19, 2017 at 3:09 pm
Love how vibrant the colors are! Do I have do use gel food color?October 5, 2019 at 5:31 pm
You don’t have to, I just like it better because you get a more vibrant color with less chance of the liquid food coloring clumping the sugar.October 22, 2019 at 12:10 pm