how to make homemade confetti sprinkles

How to Make Homemade Confetti Sprinkles

Use this tutorial to make quick and easy homemade confetti sprinkles in any color! All you need is fondant and small cutters to make homemade sprinkles.

I got the idea for making HOMEMADE confetti sprinkles when I was buying sprinkles last weekend. 

I love colorful sprinkles since they are such an easy way to decorate deserts. 

But I find shelling out almost 4 bucks for a teeny tiny bottle of sprinkles to be totally INSANE!

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 sprinkles, using fondant and small cutters. 

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

You can use these homemade sprinkles to decorate:

  • Cakes
  • Cupcakes
  • Cookies
  • Brownies

You can also jazz them up by using edible spray or tossing them in shimmer dust.

Seriously, the BEST homemade sprinkles ever! 

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This technique quick, easy and cheap.

But, I kept thinking…

How to make shaped sprinkles?

Well, I have figured out 2 ways. You can either use different shapes of decorating tips or you can use very small cutters from the jewelry making aisle of any craft store. That way, you can make any SHAPE of sprinkles you like! So far, I have come up with 3 shapes with just decorating tips: Circle, Oval and Raindrop.

How to store sprinkles?
Once the sprinkles have dried completely and hardened, place them in jar, box or even a Ziploc bag, away from sunlight, moisture and humidity.

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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

– DO NOT pack up these sprinkles before they have completely dried up and hardened.
– DO NOT store these sprinkles in the fridge!
– Update (14/Feb/2013): I have now come up with an easy way to make JUMBO HEART SPRINKLES too. 

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.

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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 decorating 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?

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


  1. Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox

    February 2, 2011 at 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!

  2. kiek stevenson @ savor and nourish

    February 2, 2011 at 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!

  3. Wendy Irene

    February 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm

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

  4. Cook in a Bar

    February 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm

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

  5. Belinda @zomppa

    February 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm

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

  6. jara

    February 2, 2011 at 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!

  7. Christina

    February 2, 2011 at 7:26 pm

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

  8. Lori

    February 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm

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

  9. Anna's Table

    February 2, 2011 at 8:09 pm

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

  10. Kate @

    February 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm

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

  11. briarrose

    February 2, 2011 at 8:25 pm

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

  12. Magic of Spice

    February 2, 2011 at 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!

  13. Treat and Trick

    February 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm

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

  14. shabunam haris

    February 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm

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

  15. lil @ sweetsbysillianah

    February 2, 2011 at 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!!

  16. Eizel

    February 2, 2011 at 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!

  17. Lynn @ A Foodie and Her Family

    February 3, 2011 at 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.

  18. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on magazines One Recipe at a Time

    February 3, 2011 at 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!

  19. Happy When Not Hungry

    February 3, 2011 at 10:00 am

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

  20. Becky

    February 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

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  21. Charissa

    February 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm

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

  22. Becky

    February 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm

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

  23. Cakewhiz

    February 3, 2011 at 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.

  24. Medeja

    February 3, 2011 at 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

  25. Kagi

    February 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Your Brilliant! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  26. Stephanie

    February 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm

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

  27. Bhalo Khabo

    February 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

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

  28. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    February 4, 2011 at 12:10 am

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

  29. Eftychia

    February 4, 2011 at 2:20 am

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

  30. angie's recipes

    February 4, 2011 at 6:48 am

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

  31. Joanne

    February 4, 2011 at 7:21 am

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

  32. marla

    February 4, 2011 at 7:26 am

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

  33. allison

    February 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm

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

  34. RavieNomNoms

    February 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    What a great idea!

  35. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen

    February 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm

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

  36. kasia

    February 4, 2011 at 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 🙂

  37. Tiffany

    February 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm

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

  38. Amy Bakes Everything

    February 6, 2011 at 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.

  39. Kristen

    February 6, 2011 at 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!!

  40. Jenny (VintageSugarcube)

    February 6, 2011 at 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!!

  41. Chef Dennis

    February 6, 2011 at 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!

  42. A little bit of everything

    February 6, 2011 at 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

  43. marymeals

    February 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    you rock! I am so going to make these!

  44. Spice Sherpa

    February 8, 2011 at 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.

  45. Trisha

    February 10, 2011 at 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!

  46. katiej

    May 6, 2011 at 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!

  47. Abeer

    May 6, 2011 at 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 🙂

  48. Gayle

    June 14, 2011 at 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 🙁

  49. Laurel

    September 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    How thick do you roll the fondant for confetti sprinkles?

    Thanks SOOOOO much for this tutorial!

  50. katie

    October 17, 2011 at 1:04 am

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

  51. Joey @ 365cakepops

    October 23, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Wow, great idea. Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  52. Lori

    January 11, 2012 at 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!

  53. Hope

    February 10, 2012 at 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!

  54. MaryMoh

    August 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm

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

  55. Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies

    August 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

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

  56. Mich@ Piece of Cake

    August 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    This is so clever! Totally brilliant!

  57. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}

    August 17, 2012 at 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.

  58. Katrina

    November 2, 2013 at 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!

  59. Afreen

    April 23, 2014 at 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 😀

  60. Shelly

    December 4, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Genius!!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      December 4, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks! Hope you make them too 🙂

  61. Melanie

    December 20, 2014 at 1:08 pm

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

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      December 20, 2014 at 7:23 pm

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

  62. Cailynn

    January 20, 2015 at 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!!

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      January 20, 2015 at 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 🙂

  63. Cailynn

    January 22, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    That’s wonderful!! Thanks so much!!

  64. Linda

    October 9, 2015 at 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).

    1. Linda

      October 9, 2015 at 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!

      1. Abeer Rizvi

        October 10, 2015 at 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 😀

  65. caro

    November 11, 2015 at 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.

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      November 11, 2015 at 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 😉

  66. Valerie

    July 9, 2016 at 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?

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      July 19, 2016 at 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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