DIY Aztec Planter + Home Depot Giveaway

I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

Summer is finally here! I’m so glad because summer means sunny summer trends. And one of my favorite trends is the Aztec print. I wanted to create a summer project that would capture the essence of this summery style and create a bold and exciting piece. I was inspired by so many colors and styles of the Aztec print – it was hard to know what I wanted to do at first! I’m excited to present you with my Aztec Planter project as part of this year’s blog-hop hosted by Kate at Centsational Girl. Be sure to check out the other fabulous projects here: Get It, Got It, Go

        1. DIY Modern Pet Bed from Centsational Girl
        2. DIY Color Block Umbrella Table from Dukes and Duchesses
        3. Updated Front Porch from 320 Sycamore
        4. Diamond Painted Outdoor Rug from Domestically Speaking
        5. DIY Barbeque Tool Storage from WhipperBerry
        6. DIY Farmer’s Market Display Stand from Brooklyn Limestone


To me, summer means gorgeous flowers and the orange glow of a summertime evening. So it just makes sense to design a planter to celebrate!

I started with a terracotta plastic planter found at Home Depot. I had so much fun finding all of my supplies at Home Depot, I ended up closing the store (oops!). It’s okay though, because the people there were super helpful!

If you want to try my project, you’ll need:

  • 4 colors of latex paint
  • 1 spray can of white primer
  • 3 foam brushes
  • 1 large plastic terracotta planter
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2093EL (I bought one of each size)
  • Scissors
  • Water to wash your brushes
  • Paper towel
  • Cardboard (for spray painting purposes)

I actually bought a small planter too to test the paint and design. For an extra couple of bucks, this is a great idea if you decide to try my project.

First things first. I needed to plan out my design. So I grabbed some paper and a pencil and got to work.


I wanted to keep some of the terracotta color shining through the design to give it that authentic Aztec look. So I taped off the top rim of the planter. Since the surface is rounded, I cut strips of the tape to get a clean line all the way across.

ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2093EL

Aztec Planter

Then I spray painted the pot with a white primer to prep it for the other paint. I let this dry overnight (though longer would be better).

Spray Paint

After mulling over my design plans, I decided simple was best. I chose a main motif to be painted on both sides of the pot.

Aztec Design

ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2093EL

Aztec Planter Paint Colors

I started by marking off the edges of the middle square. I eyeballed it, but you can measure this step if you want.

Aztec Design Aztec Design

I painted the middle diamond pink. I found that it was best to let the paint dry a little before peeling off the tape. The next step was to paint the surrounding diamond in my favorite mint green.

Aztec Design Aztec Design

Taping out the rest of the design was easy from here. The step-like shapes on the edge of the diamond really pulled together the Aztec look.

Aztec Design Aztec Design

To make the planter really pop, I finished it off with the berry pink on the top rim and bottom rim.

Aztec DesignThen I painted the rest of the planter this lovely peach and the top lip of the planter with the mint green.

Aztec Design

Peeling off the tape on the top rim was so exciting! I loved seeing that “natural” terracotta color again. It was raining when I took this completed photo, but I think it’s just perfect how this planter can brighten up a rainy morning.

Aztec Planter

Want to try this project yourself?

Enter to win a $50 Home Depot eGift Card to buy all the supplies you’ll need!

In order to win today’s prize, all you need to do is:

  1. Become a Home Depot Superfan
  2. Tell us: What do you want to paint with the help of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape?


  • There is a maximum of one entry per person. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied.
  • You must become a Home Depot Superfan to be eligible.
  • Winner will be selected at random from the comments on this blog post below.
  • Winner will be announced here on the blog as well as contacted by the email address provided.
  • You have until June 26, 2014 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on this post. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
  • Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.


Thank you all so much for participating! The winner of this giveaway is Colleen B. who answered “I sure could use the tape ’cause my garden shed could use a good paint job and the tape would sure come in handy. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity.” Congratulations Colleen!


  1. Mallory Weaver says

    I have two large canvases i have been wanting to paint ever since I saw an idea on pintrest using painters tape…you paint the canvas abstractly, then use the painters tape to make a pattern, leaving some space in between your pieces of tape, then white-wash the canvas and peel off the tape after it dries!! They look so beautiful, i cant wait to get to work on them!!!

  2. Mallory Weaver says

    oh, i became a superfan of Home Depot too, i should have done that a long time ago for all these neat ideas!

  3. Sandra says

    I just had a nice size shed built and would use the tape when painting the trim around it. The shed is beige and I definitely do not want to get the paint on the beige areas.

  4. says

    I love using the tape for the main purpose of painting a room! We are planning on painting our daughter’s room and a gift card for supplies and paint would be awesome.

  5. Della Barker says

    I want to paint my living room and would use blue painters tape to tape off my trim and windows.

  6. Charmain Haynes says

    I want to decorate some Mason jars and use them as planters for herbs this winter.

  7. Jonnie says

    I use the Scotch Blue painters tape, every time I paint. I like the clean line it makes, where two colors meet. I prefer two or more colors in most instances. Having to keep the blinds closed, as well as the drapes to help fight the heat, can make things dreary, but using multiple colors helps fight the blahs, and makes everything seem brighter. As a child, we did it to beat the dreary winters, now living in CA, we have to deal with the heat and wind up with the same problem, readiness, for the opposite reason. Adding color to planters, etc… is the only sensible solution.

  8. Diane Madigan says

    Since I just purchased a house, I will definitely be using the Scotch’s Blue painters tape! I also craft a lot, and like to repaint furniture, so I will be using it there as well.

  9. christy colln says

    I want to paint so many things for my baby girl who is on the way! Especially a dresser that I got for free today 🙂 I became a super fan thank you!

  10. Monjca Thommes says

    I am a scroll saw crafter I make all kinds of wood crafts I also do other crafts I use the tape all the time to mark out patterns make straight lines ,zig zags all kinds of things I love it everyone should give it a try in my opinion, have a great day

  11. sara wood says

    I want to paint my bathroom and I am a super fan.


  12. sheila ressel says

    I need to paint my living room and would use the painter’s tape for this.

  13. Kim Lennie says

    I have nothing in the near future to paint but when I do I would love to use the Sctoch Painter’s tape.

  14. Susan Taylor says

    Bathroom cabinets is what I would use Scotch brand painters tape when painted.

  15. Leslie L Stanziani says

    I would use the tape to help me paint a traffic sign mural on one wall in boys bedroom.I did sign up to be a superfan.

  16. Susan Robbins says

    I use the Scotch Blue painter’s tape when painting inside and I need to go around cabinets and doorhandles, switches.

  17. Russell Moore says

    We are just about to re-paint our bedroom, and the trim will be a contrasting color. I’m pretty clumsy, so I’m sure I will use a lot of tape.

  18. Tania E says

    I can’t think of a room in this house that couldn’t do with a fresh coat of paint…so I would use Scotch Blue everywhere!!! 🙂

  19. Bryan E. says

    Thanks for the giveaway… we will use ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape when we paint our daughter’s bedroom !

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