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How to Dye Sprinkles Any Color

Learn How to Dye Sprinkles any Color with this easy gel food coloring method! Make unique colors not found in stores. Super easy and fun for kids!

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pink sprinkles scooped with a gold spoon.

It's amazing the amount of sprinkles you can go through when food blogging. In my opinion, the more sprinkles, the better!

I don't really have the space to store tons of different colors of sprinkles, so this handy method of coloring them with gel food dye is my go to. All I have to keep on hand are the simple white sprinkles and my collection of food coloring and I can have any color sprinkles, any time.

We sometimes consider this an activity, because Hazel loves to help! It's a great project for little hands to help with, especially when you're doing many colors at once.

It takes less than 5 minutes to color the sprinkles. They do need some time to dry, but then you can use them immediately or store them for future use.

Keep scrolling for tips, process photos, recipes using sprinkles and more!

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Shopping list:

white sprinkles and bottle of food coloring on a gray background.

How to make:

sprinkle dyeing process photo collage.

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for measurements and instructions!


  • This can be easily multiplied depending on how many sprinkles you need.
  • This trick should work with any color you want or need.
  • If you want to make a color you don’t have, just combine colors like you would do for frosting– for example, to make green sprinkles combine 1 drop blue food coloring and 1 drop yellow food coloring. Massage the bag before adding the sprinkles until the color is green and then add ½ cup sprinkles and continue as directed. 
  • This trick works on pretty much any white sprinkle; nonpareils, jimmies or sprinkle mixes.
  • Adding too much food coloring can result in the sprinkles clumping together. If they look like they’re sticking together in the bag, add a little more white sprinkles and continue to massage until they no longer stick together. 
  • This should work with liquid food coloring but I have only tested it with gel. 

hand scooping sprinkles with a gold spoon.

Recipes using sprinkles you may like:

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