DIY: How to Make Organic Colored Sanding Sugar

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DIY:  How to Make Organic Colored Sanding Sugar

DIY: How to Make Organic Colored Sanding Sugar


I was looking for some sanding sugar the other day and wanted something that was more natural without the artificial food coloring.  While I was browsing online, I found online retailers that sold natural sanding sugar, but I felt they were too expensive…after all, I’m a deal blogger and I love finding things for cheap.  🙂 So to save some money, I decided to make my own organic colored sanding sugar!  It’s super easy to make and should take you no time at all!  With a few simple ingredients, you can make your own organic colored sanding sugar for a fraction of the cost!


DIY Organic Colored Sanding Sugar Ingredients

  • Organic White Sugar (I decided to use Wholesome! Organic Cane Sugar since I had some at home – this has a blondish color but I had no problem getting it to color)
  • Natural Food Coloring (I used India Tree and purchased them for around $20 at Whole Foods but Amazon has this cheaper when you buy a 2 Pack for $35.49 (or $17.75 each).  These food colorings should last you a long time…I still had a lot left after I made the sanding sugar)
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Glass Jars for storage (I purchased some of the Ball Jars from Target with my $3/1 coupon and got a pack of 4 for around $2.50)


Scoop some organic white sugar into the zip lock bag.  A little bit of sanding sugar can go a long way, so you don’t need to make too much.

Add 2-3 droplets of food coloring into the zip lock bag.  Depending on how much sugar you used and what colors you are trying to achieve, you may need more or less of one color.  For example, for me to achieve the yellow color, I only needed a few drops of yellow food coloring but to get the red, I needed more.

DIY Organic Colored Sanding Sugar Step 1
Shake and mix the sugar and food coloring.  I found it was much easier and quicker to use my hands to squeeze the sugar and food coloring mixture…sometimes rolling the zip lock bag between my palms.  Add additional food coloring until you reach the desired color and repeat.

DIY Organic Colored Sanding Sugar Step 2
Once you’ve reached the desired color for the organic sanding sugar, pour them into an airtight glass jar and save it for your future decorating needs.  Simple, right?  It literally took less than 10 minutes for me to make the red, yellow and orange sanding sugar! 🙂


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