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DIY Boxwood Wall Tutorial for Outdoor Masonry

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I know many of you are probably so over the DIY boxwood wall trend. Let’s face it, they’re all the rage at baby showers, bridal showers and dessert table type set-ups.

The pop of green makes for a gorgeous photo backdrop. You can also add on faux flowers or flower stems, which is a great way to incorporate more colors for those social media worthy pics.

But I love them not for their great backdrop indoors or a photo booth…I love faux boxwood walls for outdoor areas.

DIY faux boxwood wall tutorial for outdoor areas

When I was planning our Parisian inspired patio makeover over the last year and a half or so, artificial boxwood panels were high on my list of wants as the one of the major decorative elements.

I also wanted a custom neon sign, but I haven’t splurged on that just yet. I instead opted for an affordable wooden sign that I painted gold with spray paint.

Outdoor Faux Boxwood Wall

Creating a faux boxwood wall or DIY boxwood backdrop (whatever you want to call it!) is truly not that challenging, but it does take a bit of prep work.

You’ll likely need a second set of hands to help connect the faux greenery panels together and save your thumbs.

This is a DIY project you can easily accomplish in the span of an afternoon. If my memory serves me correctly, this whole process took Daniel and I about two hours and minimal arguing.

The results are totally worth it to have an outdoor faux boxwood wall that withstands our hot, humid coastal Texas climate… but makes me feel like I could be living in a tiny French cottage.

French country cottage with boxwoods and trees
French cottage along the river in Sarlat, France.

Our faux boxwood wall is still a gorgeous dark green hue 18 months after installing it, and it gets BEATEN with direct sun until about 2 p.m. daily, not to mention the insane winds here in Corpus Christi that blow dirt and dust onto it regularly.

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Tips for Buying Faux Boxwood Panels

I will state, not all boxwood panels are created equal. You’ll see a ton of them at varying price points on sites like Amazon and the quick, free shipping is always a draw. Instant gratification, right? I totally get it.

The BEST Faux Boxwood Panels

If you’re going to use these panels outside and you want them to last, you’ll want to invest in these high quality faux boxwood panels that I used.

Use code MONICA15 to save 15% on purchases over $100.

Now depending on the size of your design or area, it can be pricey. If you’re on a tight budget, I’d recommend doing a small “framed” area rather than a whole floor to ceiling wall.

Some things to keep in mind when buying faux boxwood wall panels:

  • Color: some are almost bright Crayola green versus a more natural green color of boxwood.
  • Size: you want the panels to be a manageable size. The larger they are, the more likely they are to warp.
  • Connection Method: most panels will feature a way to connect the panels to one another. Is it sturdy? If it’s solely zip ties, I’d skip that item.
  • UV Protection: Are they rated for outdoor use? If so, is it only recommended for covered or shaded areas?
  • Density: You’ll notice some panels have more greenery than others. If you lift up the panel, how much can you “see” through it? You want panels that have a good density for proper coverage and the most impact.

You’ll see on my DIY boxwood wall that I centered it in relation to our concrete patio extension.

DIY boxwood wall tutorial for stucco and masonry outdoors

I knew I wanted the panels to cover the wall from right under the soffit to as close to the bottom of the stucco as possible because I planned on hiding the extension cords for our fountain and lights under the bottom row.

We’ve discussed how to select and buy your faux boxwood panels for this DIY project, so now let’s get to it! I’ll break down the steps into a manageable tutorial. You can do this!

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DIY boxwood wall tutorial for a faux outdoor greenery wall

Using this DIY Boxwood Wall Tutorial on Other Surfaces

You can use this tutorial for truly any surface.

-If you’re mounting the faux boxwood panels to wood, use 1.5″ wood nails or screws.
-If you’re doing this indoors on drywall, I’d recommend using these self-drilling anchors and screws to support the weight of the panels.
-If you’re adding a faux boxwood accent to a metal chainlink fence, you can likely just use zip ties.

Timelapse Video of Our DIY Boxwood Wall

DIY boxwood wall tutorial for stucco and masonry outdoors

DIY Boxwood Wall Tutorial

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $250+

This beginner friendly DIY boxwood wall tutorial will help you create a fabulous focal point for any room or space in your home. If you'd like to use the exact same high quality UV resistant boxwood panels, click here and use code MONICA15 to save 15% on orders of $100 or more.

NOTE: You can use this tutorial for truly any surface. If you're mounting the faux boxwood panels to wood, use 1.5" wood nails or screws. If you're doing this indoors on drywall, I'd recommend using these anchors and screws to support the weight of the panels. If you're adding a faux boxwood accent to a metal chainlink fence, you can likely just use zip ties.


  • Cordless Drill
  • Drill Bit (For pilot holes)
  • Tape Measure
  • Hammer
  • Step Stool or Ladder


  1. Before you start this project, measure out the area of your wall and order the appropriate number of panels needed. Unlike tile or wallpaper projects, there won't really be any "waste" with the boxwood pieces, so you don't need to order a ton of extra panels.
  2. Find the top CENTER POINT of your whole wall area (ex: if your boxwood wall area is 100" wide, the halfway point is 50"). Drill a small pilot hole about 1/2" or so deep. Using a hammer, gently tap in the masonry nail. If it's challenging, you need to drill a deeper pilot hole. This is where you will place your first boxwood row in step seven.
  3. We also used painter's tape under that first nail to keep an eye on where center is.
  4. Assemble your top row and set aside.
  5. Connect the rest of your boxwood panels together by columns. You may have 5 panels down or 10. This all depends on your configuration/area height. You may think it's easier to do it by rows, which could work. We just found it easier to stick to columns.
  6. While your row and columns are off the wall, add zip ties to help secure the panels to one another in that column/row. This is a step I ended up having to do over time, and it's much easier to do BEFORE you put the boxwood panels up.
  7. Take the row you assembled, find the center of it and hook that center area onto that nail.
  8. While one person holds the row up, the other will drill pilot holes and tap in the nails along the top and bottom of the row. We did about one nail per top and bottom center of the panel, plus extras on the vertical axis on the edge panels.
  9. Connect the far most left column under the row you just finished making sure to keep the edges aligned and repeat step 8 (including the pilot holes and nails), but this time also secure the column to the top row using zip ties for extra security. As you move across your wall area, also add in zip ties between columns as you assemble one row to the next.
  10. To clarify, each column will connect to the top row AND each other as intended (usually there's a plastic peg that connects to a hole) AND then you'll also add in zip ties. Those pegs can lose their rigidness over time, so this helps keep panels together even if the connectors fail.
  11. Once all your panels are connected, your wall is done. If the panels aren't perfectly flush or if a few seem to kind of jut out a bit, you can use additional nails as needed to get them to lay flatter on the wall.


For our outdoor DIY boxwood wall, we used close to 60ish nails.

I hope you’re now empowered to tackle your very own DIY boxwood wall. If you do, please tag me (@monicabenavidez) in your posts or stories. Enjoy the process, but most importantly, enjoy the outcome for many years to come!

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