How to Make Pixie Dust for Kids

Angie Diersman

Add some magic to your kids fairy adventures with edible pixie dust. They can sprinkle it around outside or add it to their favorite sweet treat. It’s easy to make and safe to eat.

Things You'll Need

  • Sugar
  • Liquid food coloring
  • Edible glitter
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Fork
  • Cookie sheet
  • Tin foil
  • Decorative container
Supplies to make edible pixie dust.
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Add Sugar and Coloring to Mixing Bowl

Pour 1/2 cup of sugar into the mixing bowl. Add 7-10 drops of liquid food coloring to the sugar. You can add more once you start mixing if the color isn’t bright enough.

Add sugar and 7-10 drops of food coloring to the bowl.
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Mix the Coloring and Sugar Together

Press the color drops into the sugar using a fork. Mix until all the clumps are gone and you’ve reached your desired color.

Press color into sugar with a fork.
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Mix until all color has absorbed into the sugar.
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Allow Sugar to Dry

Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and spread the sugar out. Allow the sugar to air dry for about an hour.


  • Make sure the sugar is completely dry before storing. If you store it without drying, it could clump together.

Dry sugar on cookie sheet
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Pour into Decorative Container

Using a funnel or measuring cup, pour the colored sugar into a decorative container.

Pour sugar into container.
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Add Edible Glitter

Add edible glitter for some extra sparkle. Shake to mix.

Add edible glitter for extra sparkle.
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  • Make a variety of colors for larger groups of children.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Angie Diersman has been crafting professionally since 2005. Her work has appeared in LA Times, and magazines such as "Bird Watching" and "Frankie". She now specializes in sewing and managing her own company and kitchenware line.