How to make homemade confetti sprinkles

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Use this step by step tutorial to make easy homemade confetti sprinkles in any color you like. All you need is fondant and small cutters or decorating tips!

I got the idea for making homemade confetti sprinkles 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!

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

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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.

I can’t wait to share this technique for making homemade confetti sprinkles with all of you!

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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. 

UPDATE (14/Feb/2013): I have now come up with an easy way to make JUMBO HEART SPRINKLES too. 

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To make these homemade 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.

Note:
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.

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Well, that’s all for today…Tata my lovelies!

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80 Comments

  • Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox February 2, 2011 3:47 pm

    Oh these are fabulous! I have been shy about fondant. Now I have to try it for this if nothing else. Kudos!

  • kiek stevenson @ savor and nourish February 2, 2011 4:02 pm

    Awesome! I always love to hear about less expensive ways of doing things. And yes, I totally agree. It’s tough to spend $4 on little sugar bits!

  • Wendy Irene February 2, 2011 6:01 pm

    That is an awesome idea! Those sprinkles are so expensive. The possibilities with this one are endless.

  • Cook in a Bar February 2, 2011 6:40 pm

    Fun idea! You could probably make little stars, too…

  • Claudia February 2, 2011 6:41 pm

    Positively ingenioous!

  • Belinda @zomppa February 2, 2011 6:48 pm

    These are gorgeous colors – love that you are making your own!

  • jara February 2, 2011 6:54 pm

    I totally agree that sprinkles seems waaaay overpriced for what you’re getting. I never buy it unless completely on sale and hardly at major supermarkets. such a fantastic idea with so many possibilities for shapes and colours. thanks for sharing!

  • Christina February 2, 2011 7:26 pm

    What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • Lori February 2, 2011 7:33 pm

    What a great idea!! i love it!! I am also cheap and like to look for cheaper alternatives!

  • [email protected] February 2, 2011 7:50 pm

    Abee-Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I really admire your talent with your cake decorating. It takes a lot of patience and the desire to do what you do, and the cake in your previous post proves it! Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Anna’s Table February 2, 2011 8:09 pm

    Abeer, your confetti sprinkles are really impressive! Your instructions make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kate @ Diethood.com February 2, 2011 8:12 pm

    That’s not cheap, that’s brilliant! Time to roll out the fondant. Thank you for sharing!

  • briarrose February 2, 2011 8:25 pm

    I never thought to make my own sprinkles….what a fun project and so cute!

  • Magic of Spice February 2, 2011 9:05 pm

    Oh my goodness…brilliant! I never would have thought of this, and it makes everything so much more creative when you can do them up when you have the idea…love it!

  • Treat and Trick February 2, 2011 10:08 pm

    Not only easy but also fun to make! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea dear…

  • shabunam haris February 2, 2011 10:40 pm

    Wowowowo , I love your idea, what a great one , yeah cake decor is one expensive hobby , thank you for sharing :D.

  • lil @ sweetsbysillianah February 2, 2011 11:10 pm

    once again, you amaze me… who would’ve thought to make your own sprinkles this way! fantastic…. i really gotta try all of your amazing ideas ASAP!!

  • Eizel February 2, 2011 11:36 pm

    I agree with Kate – this is not exactly cheap because of the time it takes. But for enthusiasts like myself, I would definitely try this out. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lynn @ A Foodie and Her Family February 3, 2011 3:59 am

    Just what I need for my daughter’s flip flop cake!!!! I can’t find bright colored jumbo"confetti" anywhere. Thanks for stopping my my blog, A Foodie and Her Family and commenting on my flip flop cakes.

  • The Mom Chef ~ Taking on magazines One Recipe at a Time February 3, 2011 7:56 am

    I’ve got to get over the fondant thing as well, but these are so cute. I can already see all kinds of cut out ideas forming (especially with all the scrapbooking tools I have). Thanks!

  • [email protected] February 3, 2011 8:51 am

    This is a GREAT idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Happy When Not Hungry February 3, 2011 10:00 am

    Wow! This is such a creative idea! I love that recipe for marshmallow fondant too!

  • [email protected] February 3, 2011 10:15 am

    I agree. I think the prices are way too high. These are fantastic tips!!

  • Becky February 3, 2011 1:25 pm

    Abeer,
    Stop by my blog to pick up an award from me:)

  • Charissa February 3, 2011 1:40 pm

    Ooh, I love the idea of homemade sprinkles!!! Thanks for the add on FoodBuzz, it’s cool to meet other bloggers!

  • Becky February 3, 2011 1:50 pm

    Abeer,
    Pls. stop by my blog to pick up an award that I have for you:)

  • [email protected] February 3, 2011 6:22 pm

    Your confetti tutorial is just fabulous. I am so used to making cakes I never work much on the decoration but you are inspiring me now. Question form a fondant ignorant: how long will they keep in the stored bottle in the cabinet?

  • Cakewhiz February 3, 2011 6:49 pm

    As long as the confetti was allowed to dry completely, you can let it sit in your cabinet for months. I have had some in my cabinet for 2 months and it still looks and tastes great.

  • Medeja February 3, 2011 7:45 pm

    Good that some things you can make yourself, like these sprinkles. Prices of some things are really too high.. and the ones who sell them take advantage that people are too lazy to do things themselves :)) Little bit worse is with things that you cant make youself like nuts :S

  • Kagi February 3, 2011 8:09 pm

    Your Brilliant! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Stephanie February 3, 2011 9:02 pm

    Love the vibrant colors! This is a fantastic idea, thank you for sharing!

  • Bhalo Khabo February 3, 2011 9:09 pm

    Very unique and creative idea.. Love the pictures.. Thanks for sharing !!

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl February 4, 2011 12:10 am

    Love this tutorial! What a fun idea to make them yourself 🙂

  • Eftychia February 4, 2011 2:20 am

    Hello. Thank you for the tip. I like your side very much. You share very good ideas and great knowledge 🙂

  • angie’s recipes February 4, 2011 6:48 am

    That’s a great idea! Thanks for this awesome tutorial!

  • Joanne February 4, 2011 7:21 am

    How creative! Using the fondant leaves such a wide range of options for decorating.

  • marla February 4, 2011 7:26 am

    You are so wonderfully creative! Love all the flexibility in color and shapes you have when making your own confetti 🙂

  • allison February 4, 2011 12:24 pm

    I wish I had the patience to make thsee. They look amazing. So festive.

  • RavieNomNoms February 4, 2011 12:44 pm

    What a great idea!

  • Christina @ Sweet Pea’s Kitchen February 4, 2011 2:32 pm

    How cute are these!? Such an awesome idea! 🙂

  • torviewtoronto February 4, 2011 5:24 pm

    beautiful and colourful

  • kasia February 4, 2011 5:47 pm

    Wow those are so smart! Fantastic idea 🙂 Thank you for sharing and thank you for kind words over Chef’s Dennis blog 🙂

  • Tiffany February 4, 2011 7:12 pm

    NO! You’re totally not being cheap! Genius is more like it! 😀 Happy Friday!

  • Amy Bakes Everything February 6, 2011 7:31 am

    OMG you are brilliant! I never have the right color of sprinkles when I want them…and yes, they are freakin’ EXPENSIVE!!! Great job, totally doing this.

  • Kristen February 6, 2011 9:57 am

    Those are great. I am not sure I would have the patience to make all of those tiny little sprinkles, but in a pinch, it’s great to know how to do it!!

  • Jenny (VintageSugarcube) February 6, 2011 10:34 am

    Kudos to you for stepping outside the box (sprinkes jar) and creating this recipe. You deserve a shiny metal or something. Seriously!!

  • Chef Dennis February 6, 2011 12:38 pm

    what an excellent idea! Its hard to believe how much they charge in stores for something so simple…..making your own in the colors you want is a perfect solution!
    Thanks for such a great post!
    Dennis

  • A little bit of everything February 6, 2011 1:30 pm

    i’ve been a little scared to use fondant but I have some store bought one in my cabinet, time to roll it out. Thanks for the idea.
    Enjoy your Sunday

  • [email protected] February 7, 2011 6:16 pm

    You are totally cool! Great idea! Yes, they are so expensive!!!

  • marymeals February 8, 2011 2:43 pm

    you rock! I am so going to make these!

  • Spice Sherpa February 8, 2011 4:30 pm

    You are so clever! I don’t think I’d take the time to do this but I’d appreciate the love that went into a dessert that’s decorated with them.

  • Trisha February 10, 2011 9:33 pm

    What a clever idea … Sprinkles are way to expensive … you get tiny little plunger cutters in various shapes … I guess you could make many more shapes using those!

  • katiej May 6, 2011 7:13 am

    This is a great idea! I want to make some jumbo confetti and create polka-dots on a buttercream covered cake. Do you think the confetti will melt? I have heard that fondant can melt when exposed to moist buttercream. Thanks!

  • Abeer May 6, 2011 2:55 pm

    I have seen buttercream cakes with fondant accents… similar to what you want to do. They look very nice!

    I haven’t used these confetti sprinkles on a cake yet BUT I have used them on cupcakes covered in buttercream… didn’t have any problems at all. ]

    Hope that helps 🙂

  • Gayle June 14, 2011 10:26 pm

    I haven’t tried this yet but am planning on it this weekend.. How do you keep the fondant from sticking to the tips? Sorry I’m new to fondant as well 🙁

  • Laurel September 14, 2011 6:29 pm

    How thick do you roll the fondant for confetti sprinkles?

    Thanks SOOOOO much for this tutorial!

  • katie October 17, 2011 1:04 am

    AWESOME!!! finally i got this! really thanks for sharing!!

  • Joey @ 365cakepops October 23, 2011 11:17 pm

    Wow, great idea. Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  • Lori January 11, 2012 10:26 am

    Thanks so much! I have been trying to find just blue ones and having a terrible time. This is awesome and I will be using this idea!

  • Hope February 10, 2012 2:49 pm

    This has got to be the most valuable post I’ve seen in a very long time. It’s going to save me so much time and money. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • MaryMoh August 14, 2012 3:08 pm

    Oh wow….that’s totally creative! Love it. Thanks very much for sharing and teaching us to save money 😀

  • Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies August 14, 2012 5:05 pm

    What a great idea!!! Definitely have to give this a try!

  • Mich@ Piece of Cake August 14, 2012 10:55 pm

    This is so clever! Totally brilliant!

  • Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} August 17, 2012 2:08 am

    Love, love, LOVE this post. I don’t use marshmallow fondant but it can be done with any fondant, I’m sure. I’ll be adding a little Tylo powder to harden them up a bit so they’re not too brittle. I may do all the colours of the rainbow so they can be stored away in little bottles. I mean, how hard is it to find black and orange sprinkles?! Problem sorted! 😀

    Thanks hunny.

  • Katrina November 2, 2013 10:35 pm

    Love this. Thanks! I was looking for organic star sprinkles and coming up empty handed… looks like I can make my own now!

  • Afreen April 23, 2014 5:06 am

    This is brilliant. It’s so hard to get confetti in the colours needed..infact its hard to find confetti itself where I live
    . Thanks for letting the secret out 😀

  • Shelly December 4, 2014 1:47 pm

    Genius!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Melanie December 20, 2014 1:08 pm

    Squares or diamonds would be easy to make too, just use a pizza cutter!

    • Abeer Rizvi December 20, 2014 7:23 pm

      oh definitely! I have been playing around with making different shapes and using a pizza cutter/pastry cutter really helps.

  • Cailynn January 20, 2015 1:07 pm

    LOVE!! How about dinosaurs?? I have been scouring the internet with no luck finding a tiny cutter. Any suggestions? Please and Thank You!!

    • Abeer Rizvi January 20, 2015 11:02 pm

      I haven’t seen tiny dinosaur cookie or fondant cutters. But, I got my son a play doh set and it had a small dino cutter. If you wash it in boiling water and use it only for fondant, you can easily use that to make little dino shapes. Hope this helps 🙂

  • Cailynn January 22, 2015 8:55 pm

    That’s wonderful!! Thanks so much!!

  • Linda October 9, 2015 12:40 pm

    How nice of you to share! I’ve done this to get custom colored sprinkles and it works great. I’ve also made custom colored jimmies by piping stripes of royal icing with a #2 tip, letting them completely dry and then cutting them into little pieces (1/8 inch or so).

    • Linda October 9, 2015 12:42 pm

      I forgot to mention that I find a lot of really cool small cutters in the clay and jewelry making section of the craft stores. They work great on fondant!

      • Abeer Rizvi October 10, 2015 1:11 am

        I didn’t know about those small cutters. That’s a great idea! Can’t wait to check those out on my next visit to the craft store 😀

  • caro November 11, 2015 6:58 am

    totally agree< so expensive where i live in Asia a little tiny bottle is about 17 dollars…so I have never even try to buy one. thanks a lot for the tip.

    • Abeer Rizvi November 11, 2015 11:40 am

      Yikes! 17 dollars is insane for a small bottle. Well, now you can make them for a quarter of the cost at home 😉

  • Valerie July 9, 2016 9:44 am

    If you add these into the cake batter and bake it will they dissolve in the mix from the heat? Also if they don’t will they be soft to chew or hard and crunchy?

    • Abeer Rizvi July 19, 2016 12:32 am

      Yes, these sprinkles will dissolve in the cake batter. Please don’t use them in baking. They are purely for decoration.

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