Sprinkles! {diy custom colors}

Use Food Coloring to Dye your own Sprinkles!  This is such an easy DIY and you can use the food colors you have on hand!

I LOVE sprinkles.   They can make an ordinary cake or cupcake instantly extraordinary.  I am pretty liberal with my sprinkles too… you only live once right?    Sometimes I have been a little disappointed in the usual selection of sprinkles that I find in my local grocery store.  A lot of times I want a specific color that I can’t find.  I discovered something amazing one day when I was decorating this Princess Castle Cake I posted about a year ago.  Did you know that you can color your own?  Believe it or not you can and it’s easily done with just some white sprinkles and food coloring!

Sprinkles! {diy custom colors}

What you need:

White sprinkles either nonpareils, jimmies or pearls  (I have tried all of these kinds, but you can try others at your own risk)

food coloring/ colorings or choice: powdered, liquid or gel

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I have a wide assortment of food colors since I bake a lot, but any food color will work.  Gel, powdered, or liquid- it doesn’t matter.  I wondered if the liquid would melt the sprinkles, but it never has for me.  I made some red ones last year using this method and had to use a large amount of food coloring (about 5 or 6 drops) and it never melted them and the color never came off.   This really is a great method!

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Since I was making 6 colors I used 2 containers of sprinkles separated into 6 bags.  I used gel food colors as well as liquid food colors.  For the gel colors I just placed a little bit on the end of a toothpick and rubbed it on the inside of the bag where the sprinkles touched it.  For the liquid colors I just squeezed a drop (or two) if needed right on the sprinkles.

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This next part is fun for kids too.  Just close up the bag and shake it and smoosh it around until the color is thoroughly mixed in.  If you want the color darker just add more coloring.  So easy!

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I adore these pastel colors.  SO pretty.  Perfect for spring baking or Easter!

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I even mixed them together for custom multi-colored sprinkles!

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I used small mason jars to store mine, but you can just store them in the ziploc bags if you want!   So easy and FUN!!!

What colors or color combos would you like to make?


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  1. says

    What an AWESOME idea!!!!! I love sprinkles too and often don’t really like the colors they have in the stores, or wish there was a color that they sold that I need. Love the colors you came up with!! Thanks so much for sharing this, I’ll definitely do this too now! You have such great ideas!

    • says

      Thanks, Maria! I took a chance when making that cake last year and couldn’t believe that it worked! I tried it over and over again and it hasn’t failed me yet! Thanks for stopping by!

    • says

      thanks! yep… and when I do find prettier colors… they are much more expensive usually. Like the kinds I can only get at Hobby Lobby.

    • says

      it should work. I’ve never had them bleed or come off on my hands… so baking them shouldn’t matter. Tell me how it goes if you try it out.

  2. says

    Those are so impressive! I absolutely love them and will be buying a huge bag of plain white sprinkles to customize! Thank you so much for the wonderful idea. :)

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  4. tanya Murphy says

    I love this!! Perfect for that specific color mix you want for a party. After you dye the sprinkles do you put them in a bowl to air dry or just leave them in the bag? And if you do let them air dry, for how long usually?

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