DIY Colored Sanding Sugar Sprinkles – Dollar Saver Ideas!

Today I’ll be sharing my tips for creating your own custom coloured sanding sugar sprinkles, from the comfort of your own home.

For years I paid upwards of $5.00 per container for less than half a cup of coloured sanding sugar until one day I thought “hang on, what if I could make this myself?”

sanding sugar sprinkles

I love sharing decorating hints and skills with anyone who’ll listen but above all, I love to save you all money! Decorating is not a cheap hobby and as a business, it’s sometimes its hard to know where you should spend your hard earned caking dollars.

In this tutorial, I show you how to make your own sanding sugar, in pretty much any colour you like using just 2 ingredients and very little time.

Tools, equipment & ingredients that you’ll need for this tutorial:

Baking Tray
Greasproof paper
Ziplock bag
Rolling Pin
1/2 cup Caster sugar (really fine, but not powdered)
1/2-1 teaspoon of your desired colour (more for deeper colours, less for pastels)

Step 1

Oven: Preheat oven to 50 degrees celcius, or 120 degrees faranheit and line your baking tray with baking or wax paper

Step 2

Place your sugar in a zip lock bag and pour in 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of liquid colouring

Tip: You can use colour paste, however liquid is easier to mix through

Step 3

Shake the bag vigorously until the colour has mixed all the way through your sugar

Step 4

Tip the coloured sugar out onto your baking tray and use your scraper to break up the sugar clumps and create an even layer.

Step 5

Place the tray in the middle shelf of your oven and bake for 10 minutes on 50 degrees celcius or 120 degrees faranheit

Step 6

When your tray comes out of the oven, the sugar will have hardened and will have formed into a bit of a clump. Using your scraper, break the sugar up roughly and return the chunky pieces to your ziplock bag.

Step 7

Using your rolling pin, roll back and forward over the zip lock bag full of sugar until all your lumps have broken down and you’re left with your beautiful, coloured sanding sugar.

Tip: The more you roll, the finer your sugar grains will get so be careful not to turn this into a powder


So there you’ve got your custom coloured sugar sprinkles at a fraction of the cost without a trip to the decorating store!


These can be stored long term in sealed containers or zip lock bags.


Depending on the brand of colour you use, some may fade slightly over time.

Don’t be tempted to overheat your oven – slow and low is best for this recipe

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If you want to see more great cupcake and cakepop ideas, check out my YouTube channel MyCupcakeAddiction for more money saving ideas, as well as 3 x weekly uploads for all things cake, cupcake and cakepop!

If you don’t find your answer then feel free to comment below and I will do my best to answer.

Xxx Elise


  1. If you’re unable to find fine sugar, put some granulated sugar in a food processor, to make smaller granules. But, be sure to stop before you have powdered sugar – which you can also make from granulated sugar.

  2. THANK YOU!!!!!!! Now we can really decorate goodies, despite my kids’ severe sensitivity to artificial colors. The naturally colored stuff is almost prohibitively expensive. And, they will love the magic of making our own.


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