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How to Make a Zebra Stipe Pillar Candle with Beeswax Sheets

Posted: November 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: beeswax, candlemaking tutorials | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Zebra Print Beeswax Pillar Candle

Inspired by my secret guilty pleasure reality TV: Jerseylicious and their not-so-secret-love for animal prints, this honeycomb patterned masterpiece is freehandly detailed with beeswax zebra stripes. Decorate your mantel and to let the animal in you come out and play.



  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors/craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pliers


  1. Measure the short end of the white beeswax sheet and mark at the middle, dividing the 8” in half, repeat on the opposite end. Using the craft knife and ruler on the cutting mat, cut the beeswax sheet into two long strips, measuring 4” x 16” each. Repeat with the other sheet of white beeswax
  2. Taking one of the white beeswax strips, lay the wick on top of the edge of the short end, centered so there is an equal amount of extra wick on both sides
  3. Begin rolling the candle by curling the edge of the beeswax over the wick. Continue rolling the wax tightly using the palm of your hands with a even, firm but gentle pressure.
  4. Continue by attaching the additional white beeswax strips to where the one before left off. When all strips have been used, press the end firmly into the candle to secure in place. Tip: To create a beautiful and even candle, keep an eye on one end of the candle, and roll the beeswax flushed to that end.
  5. Examine both ends and choose the better looking one for the top. On the other side, thread the extra wick through the wick tab, stem side in and facing the candle. Using the pliers, crimp the stem by pressing tightly with your pliers so that your wick is securely in the wick tab
  6. From the top side, pull the wick slowly through the whole candle so the wick tab comes against the bottom of the candle Tip: Be sure to follow step 6 slowly, pulling too hard or too fast will cause you to pull the wick straight out of the wick tab and through the candle.
  7. We are now ready for the stripes! Using the template below as a general guide, freehandly cut the black beeswax with a scissor or craft knife on the cutting mat. The pieces with internal holes will need to be cut with a craft knife. CLICK TO ENLARGE TEMPLATEZebra Candle Stripe Template
  8. Pick the longest piece of stripe you have and attach it to your candle diagonally across the middle. Press gently to secure
  9. You can now build around the first stripe
  10. Continue to attach pieces of the zebra strips one by one, leaving approximately ¼” to ½” space between each piece. Touching one end of a stripe with another also creates a desirable effect. Using the craft knife, cut off any excess black beeswax that protrude past the top or bottom edges.
  11. Trim The wick to 1/4″, light  and enjoy!


Leave me a comment below to share your experiences with this tutorial.

2 Comments on “How to Make a Zebra Stipe Pillar Candle with Beeswax Sheets”

  1. 1 Cymre said at 8:49 pm on January 30th, 2014:

    I received a candle making kit for Christmas a little over a year ago but the included designs never really appealed to me. When I saw your zebra design, I had finally found something I wanted to try. My candle wasn’t as wide as yours but I still like the way it turned out.

    Thx so much for sharing.

  2. 2 candle101 said at 2:16 pm on January 31st, 2014:

    So glad you found this useful! The zebra design is a really cool effect with contrasting colors :)

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