One year, for our ward's Christmas party, I made a model of the Salt Lake Temple out of sugar cubes. I put a strand of white Christmas lights inside to make it light up in the dark. Here are some enlarged pictures of the one I made:
- Sugar cubes (enough for your project)
- Hot glue gun with glue (adult supervision required!) NOTE: If you want your temple to be edible you can substitute the hot glue for icing.
- Graph paper (or make your own)
- Piece of cardboard (cut to the size of your project)
- Tin foil (optional)
- White Poster Board (optional)
- Make sure your piece of card board is larger than you sheet of graph paper as the squares on the paper will be smaller than the actual sugar cubes.
- Using the hot glue works great as it slightly melts the sugar and quickly solidifies, making your project sturdy.
- If you are adding lights to your project you will need to add them before you close off the areas you want to light up. Oh, and make sure you leave a small opening for the cord, which you will have to put through the opening BEFORE you surround it with sugar cubes or you'll have to undo some of your work which is almost impossible.
- For my temple I only made the surrounding walls and the six towers, the rest was hollow. I covered the top with a piece of white poster board that was glued into place.
- The angel Moroni was made from salt dough, but unfortunately he was too heavy and kept falling off. I would recommend using a lighter substance, such as Model Magic for your added decorations.
- If you're worried about keeping your project even on the card board you can either draw lines for a guide, or put the project together without gluing it to the cardboard until you're finished.