I am making these temple photos with the young women at church this week. I taught a class several years in Kodiak for the women and it was a lot of fun. I had some supplies left over so I thought the girls would like to each have a temple photo in their room!
These are very simple to make.
First, decide what photo you want and print it out in black and white onto a transparency. If your printer is like mine and doesn't print on transparencies, you can take your photo that has been printed on plain copy paper and have Fed Ex/Kinkos print it onto a transparency for about .75.
Then, lightly spray the back side of the transparency with spray adhesive (found at Walmart).
Now comes the fun and messy part. Take sheets of imitation gold or silver leaf and gently lay them on the back of the photo. They don't have to fall perfectly or line up with each other. The messier the better because it gives it a cool vintage look. Keep laying the silver leaf sheets on until the entire surface is covered. Use a tissue/kleenex to dab the back to smooth out the silver leaf. If you use your fingers, it'll just stick to your fingers.
I buy my imitation silver leaf (aluminum) on ebay in bulk. MUCH cheaper than any craft store. I bought 75 sheets of it (5"x5") for $10. An 8x10 print will need 5-6 sheets.
Turn your transparency over and you will see your black and white image with a beautiful silver background. Trim it down to fit into your frame.
The one of the Nauvoo temple is a 3.5"x5". It only took 1 1/2 sheets of silver leaf.
***Images of LDS temples can be found on www.lds.org You are free to save them to your computer and download them for personal use. They are the best quality ones online as well. I tried finding one of the Kirtland temple since www.lds.org didn't have one and had issues getting a good quality one on google images. ***