How to Make Homemade Sprinkles!

How to Make Homemade Sprinkles ~ This is one of those projects you might just want to keep to yourself. At the very least you’ll probably get a quite a few quizzical looks, and some of your friends will actually wonder if all your cylinders are firing.

This is the kind of idea that ignites some people’s imaginations and leaves others dead cold. Which team are you on??

This is an easy (if a teeny bit tedious) project. The hardest part is deciding on your colors, and with gel food coloring, you have lots and lots of options. I was envisioning slightly more brilliant shades than I was actually able to achieve. It takes a little practice to control the results, but I had a lot of fun along the way.

I’ve simplified the project a little bit to make it easier to take on if, like most of us, you’re not a seasoned pastry chef. I think it would be a great kid-friendly activity if you have any little sprinkle fiends in your life.

I’ve rarely ever had a pastry bag in my hands. I do a lot of cooking, but I’m happy to leave the detailed frosting work to the experts. So I had to go out and buy the supplies for this project, but I’m actually glad I did because you never know when the urge to make sprinkles is going to hit. Now that I’ve mastered the basic rainbow sprinkle I may have to attempt the gourmet flavored sprinkle!

This is a 2 day project. Day 1 will be a little messy, and you won’t have much to show for your efforts except for lots of waxed paper lying around covered with weird colored stripes and an aching arm from all the beating and piping.

But the next morning things will be different. You can line up your weird little stripes of color and start chopping them into wonderful sprinkles. Keep the colors separate or mix them all together. Bag them up and give them away, save them for a special occasion, or sprinkle some right on your morning yogurt.

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How to Make Homemade Sprinkles!

Author Sue Moran


  • several piping bags
  • #3 plain piping tip s (this is a very common tip)
  • couplers and collars for the pastry bags
  • confectioner's sugar
  • powdered egg whites I used Just Whites, in the baking aisle
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract optional
  • gel food coloring the liquid kind won't work well
  • waxed paper or parchment paper


  • You will use about 1 cup of confectioner's sugar for each color sprinkle you want to make. You can prepare each color separately or make them all at once if you have multiple bags etc. I did one at a time.
  • Sift 1 cup sugar into a small bowl. Sifting is important to avoid lumps that can clog your tip later.
  • In a separate little glass, mix 1 tsp of the dried egg whites with 1 Tbsp warm water. Whisk until the egg whites are completely dissolved. Add to the sugar along with the vanilla and mix it together. Add a little bit more warm water until you get a thick but pipeable consistency. It should not be stiff, but it should not be too thin. Keep mixing until it is completely smooth.
  • Add in your gel food coloring. Start with a little for pastel colors, more for intense colors. The colors will dry slightly lighter than they look when wet. Mix the color in completely, no streaks.
  • Spoon the frosting into a piping bag and twist the bag to force the frosting toward the tip.
  • Pipe out long lines of frosting onto the waxed paper. Don't let the individual lines touch each other. Keep your tip slightly above the paper as you glide down and pipe your line. Don't worry about keeping the line straight, it doesn't matter, but try to keep an even pressure on the bag. If the tip clogs, use a toothpick to clear it, or remove it and wash it out.
  • Do this for all the colors and then let them air dry overnight. Don't try to move the waxed paper, leave them as is.
  • The next day when your piped frosting lines are completely dry, cut them into little pieces. The frosting will be very brittle, just nudge the lines together, lining them up as if you were cutting chives, and slice them in small pieces. Don't worry about being too precise.
  • Enjoy!
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Don’t forget to pin this Homemade Sprinkle Tutorial!

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Sprinkles are one of those simple joys I don’t think we ever outgrow.

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    September 16, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Did the real/raw egg whites work for anyone? (to replace the powdered egg white and water mixture) Or my local market has a vegan dried egg powder for baking… I could use this. But no luck finding Just Whites! Let me know, thank you!

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    April 3, 2019 at 9:43 am

    What is the shelf life of these homemade sprinkles?

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      April 3, 2019 at 9:55 am

      I would use them up within a couple of months Elaine.

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    December 27, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    but m a vegetarian so how can i egg whites

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      Barb Reynolds
      February 26, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      You could try Aquafaba as the egg replacement.

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    May 26, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Do you happen to know how long you can store these before they go stale?

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      May 27, 2017 at 6:48 am

      I’d say several months at least, if not more.

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    May 9, 2017 at 9:56 am

    After making these can I put them into homemade cupcake batter and bake for “fun-fetti” look or will they melt into a tye-dye mess?

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      May 9, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Great question, I haven’t tried it L.B. sorry ~ but my guess is they will ‘bleed’ less than store bought sprinkles.

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    January 16, 2017 at 10:09 am

    ****Hello I’m a cookie obsessed weirdo! I have a question about he egg white, is it the same as “meringue powder” the one I use to make royal icing?
    Thank you in advance!

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      January 16, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Yes, Lin, they’re the same!

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    July 15, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Hi, amazing sprinkles, I never thought I could make them, I always bought them. I bake a little and use frosting of different kinds, my favored one is chocolate and these would look great on it. I live in Greece and cannot find “powdered egg whites (I used Just Whites, in the baking aisle)”. Is there anything else I can substitute? thanks

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      July 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      I’m not sure, Maria. You might substitute a small amount of regular egg white and see if that works.

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    Lori Gantt
    June 12, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Did you cover them up as they were drying? I have to ask, I live in a rural area and we keep regular “plagues” of varmits and critters on a rotating schedule and there is /no/ leaving anything out uncovered. Not if /you/ want to eat it, anyways. If I made these on waxed paper on a cookie sheet, and slid them into the fridge, would they dry properly?

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      June 12, 2014 at 5:48 am

      Hmmm, that’s a tough one. I left them uncovered, and you kind of need to so they dry properly. They need air circulation, and any kind of moisture will slow or prevent them drying. One thing is that they probably wouldn’t attract too much attention from bugs, etc because of their composition. You could certainly try the fridge, but I’m not sure it would work. Possibly a large cardboard box over the tray? Good luck!

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      Kris Sokolowski
      June 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

      I have dried candies similar to this before and also do not want sugar on my counter for ant reasons. I place the wax paper on cookie sheets and alternately stack them in a COMPLETELY cool oven. No bugs, no critters and lots of hardened perfectly dried confectioner candies!!
      Hope this helps.

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        June 12, 2014 at 9:47 am

        Great idea Kris!

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    May 31, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Can I use the recipe to make figures. Beautiful. I am going to try them for my grandkids.

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      May 31, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Yes, I guess you could make all sorts of designs, if you have a steady hand!

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