How to Make Fake Sprinkles from Polymer Clay
I was noticing that just about everything I’ve been sharing lately is white and brown. Well, for the last few days at least… There was beef jerky, definitely brown. And then I turned an IKEA Rast into a Mid-Century modern inspired dream of a nightstand. And then there was a paper towel holder with a white base and a brown dowel. White and brown and white and brown and white and brown. Now I love my new things but this girl misses her bright and colorful bit of fun!
So I’ve got a new project in the works that is fun and colorful and so sweet! But when I started to think about how I didn’t want to use REAL sprinkles for a craft I started to look for fake sprinkles as a craft supply. And while I did find some, they were on either Ebay or Etsy and they were stupid expensive for a tiny amount PLUS they shipped from China. Now, in all truth, by the time these suckers arrived in the mail I probably would have forgotten what it was I even wanted them for in the first place. Seriously. It’s happened many, many times before.
I can go through my bag of crap from the craft store from 1 or 2 weeks before and I’ll pull something out and be like “hey, Rob? Do you remember why I bought 10 sheets of purple felt? Did I tell you why I was getting these?” And sometimes he’ll be like “oh, yeah… you were going to make one eyed one horned flying purple people men, or something” and then I’m all “ohhhhh, right!” And other times he just gives me a shrug. So then my stash grows and an idea I thought was awesome enough to buy supplies for gets forgotten and never created. So this time I decided just to make these bad boys and get after my project.
So today I’ll share with you how to make the sprinkles and then in a bit I’ll show you why we need them in another project. It will be super sweet, I can assure you of that! :)
For this project you will need:
Somewhere I have a box full of polymer clay but it’s still unpacked in the mess we call a garage. So rather than spending a bunch on individual colors, I bought a bright colored set from Michael’s and used the coupon on it. Boom!
Now I also got a package of red Sculpey that was on clearance and it was nice and soft, but my Michael’s Craft Smart brand was like little bricks but both will work just find and without a ton of kneading but we’ll talk about that in a bit…
For now take a tiny bit of clay of your first color.
Take the clay and roll it around in your hand. The heat from your hands will start to soften it and it will start to form in a ball after a bit of time. Give it a knead or 2 when it is warm enough to make the task simple enough and roll it back into a ball.
Take the ball of clay and place it on a clean, flat surface. Using the heel of your palm roll the ball forward and backwards until a long, thin snake starts to shape. Continue rolling until you get the thickness you desire.
Repeat for all of your colors and place on a cookie sheet that is used for CRAFTS only. Polymer clay will essentially make this surface no longer food safe so you can not use it for food again. To fix this up I use inexpensive $0.88 cookie sheets from Walmart to be used only for my crafty projects!
Bake according to the package directions and keep a close eye. Since these are so thin they can totally burn up pretty quickly. Mine took 12 minutes, FYI.
Now you’ll need to chop these strips into sprinkles. I tried scissors at first and they made a huge mess with my newly cut sprinkles being flung across the room. I accidentally cut myself with the sharp point on an X-acto knife but a razor blade was just right. Does that sound oddly like a crafty Goldilocks? Hmm.
The best way I found was to get something with a bit of give, like this chipboard business I have up here that I bought to use part of for another craft. A cutting mat would be awesome but I couldn’t find mine so word bubble it was!
Now remember how you’d put your hand over your test at school, sort of cupping around your answers while you would sneak your pencil into that little cave to keep your answers secret from any Cheater McPheresons? That’s how you can cut these strips into sprinkles. Your hand will prevent the sprinkles from flying away.
There we have fun, multicolored sprinkles just ready for some sweet, sweet craftin’! Be sure to check back next week for that!