The boxwood sits on top a layer of 1/8" foam core on blocks cut from a 2x4, which are then glued to the wall. The benefit of this is two fold. One, the glue will scrape off if you have to move and you are left with the duty of repainting. Second, it works for those who don't have the capabilities to build a large plywood frame - this structure is temporary but very sturdy!
When prepping for this project, you need to know exactly how big you plan to make your wall. Our wall was approximately 6' x 4' not counting the cutout for the LCD. Using this information, you can draw out the number of boxwood squares, the number of 2 x 4's, and amount of foam core you need. Each project is different, so use this DIY as a guide of the technique, rather than a specific recipe.
Step 1: Materials & Tools
- Plastic Spray Paint Primer (my wall took 6 cans)
- Plastic Spray Paint in the color of your choice (my wall took 9 cans of white)
- Artificial Boxwood Mat You can use grass, flowers, or any artificial covering as long as its fairly lightweight. (my wall needed 32 10x10.5 squares) We ordered ours from Philadelphia Botanical Products and we suggest you do the same as they were so wonderful to work with!
- 1 or 2, 2x4 boards cut into 4 squares
- Liquid Nails or Loctite Power Grab
- 1/8 Foam core sheets (If you plan to paint your boxwood, like I did. You need to make sure the foam core is the same color or a similar hue to your desired boxwood color.)
- Marking pencil
- Measuring tape
- Laser Level
- Calking gun
- Metal rulers (we used a 3' t-square and 12 short rule)
- All purpose Scissors
- Utility cutter
- 120 grade sandpaper or lightweight wire brush
- Circular saw or chop saw (if you don't have access to tools like this, you can have the 2 x 4's pre-cut at the store most Home Depot and Lowes stores will do cuts for you)
Step 2: Hang Your LCD or Plasma TV
** If you do not have or cannot mount your TV, that is alright, but you will need to make the side of your wall much thicker to be even with the front of the TV. This means that you will need to figure out how deep or what size wood blocks to use before starting. You will not be able to use the 2x4 blocks as we suggest.
Step 3: Measure and Mark
This is done so that the corners where the front and side meet will look even with no gaps when you are done.
Step 4: Cut 2x4 Blocks
Step 5: Glue 2x4 Blocks to Wall
Hold each block in place for 1 minute and let the glue dry overnight.
Step 6: Cut Foam Core
Continuing to use the Loctite, glue the foam core to the 2 x 4 blocks. As before, make sure to hold them in place and let it dry overnight.
Step 7: Prep and Paint the Boxwood Foliage
Cut the boxwood in to the desired final shapes and sizes using scissors.
In a well-ventilated area, apply plastic primer to your mats on the front and back. Fold the mats in half to get in-between the rows of foliage for better coverage. Then follow the primer with the color of your choice, guided by the directions on your spray paint for application and dry time.
** Be sure to get the sides and and in-between areas of the mats well coated with paint.
Step 8: Attach the Boxwood Foliage
Some of the paint may flake off during this process; a little flaking is OK. However, if all of your paint starts to flake, then your paint either did not dry properly or the surface needed to be braised better and you may have to retouch them.
Keep gluing and attaching the boxwood until your finished!