I got the idea for this posting when I was  in the baking aisle at Jewel.

I love colorful  sprinkles since they are such an easy way to dress up deserts.  But I find shelling out almost 4 bucks for a teeny tiny bottle of sprinkles to be totally insane!Surprised

Is it just me being cheap or do YOU guys also find those prices ridiculously HIGH?

While staring at those bottles, I kept thinking there had to be a cheaper alternative and finally, I figured out a way to make my own Laughing 

I can’t wait to share this technique with all of you!

Not only is this technique easy and  cheap but while playing around, I figured out you can make as many colors of confetti sprinkles as you want and even many different shapes.

So far, I have come up with three shapes: circle, oval and raindrop. I will keep you posted if I figure out any more Smile

UPDATE (14/Feb/2013): I have now come up with an easy way to make JUMBO HEART SPRINKLES too. You can check out that post HERE!

Anyways, to make these confetti sprinkles, you will need the following supplies:

Marshmallow fondant or store-bought fondant
Rolling pin
Powdered sugar
Decorating tips (Wilton tip # 12, 230, 104)
Wax paper

And here are the steps: 

Step 1:
Use a rolling pin to roll out marshmallow fondant or store-bought fondant on a smooth surface sprinkled with powdered sugar.
You can also mix some gumpaste or some tylose powder with your fondant so that your sprinkles dry faster. 
Let this rolled fondant sit for 10 minutes and become a little dry (I felt the next step became easier when I did this).

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Step 2:
Press Wilton’s decorating tip 12 into fondant and make tiny circle cut outs.

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Step 3:
Place these circles on a sheet of wax paper.
Let them dry for 24 hours or until they have completely hardened. 
The drying time will vary, based on where you live and your weather conditions.
Once they are dry, put these sprinkles in a ziploc bag, jar or plastic container and store them at room temperature, away from moisture, humidity and sunlight.

DO NOT pack up these sprinkles before they have completely dried up and hardened. 
DO NOT store these sprinkles in the fridge!

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Step 4:
If you want to make oval shaped sprinkles, use Wilton’s decorating tip 230 and follow the same steps as above.

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Step 5:
And if you want to make raindrop shaped sprinkles, use Wilton’s decorationg tip 104 and follow the same steps as above.
I found these ones to be the coolest!

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And that’s it! You have successfully made you own homemade confetti sprinkles.

Easy breezy…right?

So, this Valentine’s day, dress up your cupcakes in these homemade sprinkles.

Make them in shades of red and pink and you are good to go ;)

Well, that's all for today...Tata my lovelies :)