Gone Outdoors

How to Paint a Cheerleading Megaphone

by Tara Dodrill

Painting a cheerleading megaphone is not a difficult task, but it requires patience and preparation. Cheerleading megaphones can be painted in just one color, or a mixture of school colors with embellishments. Decorating a cheerleading megaphone with paint or a sticker-backed school emblem creates a more eye-catching megaphone to generate school spirit. The mouthpiece of a cheerleading megaphone should not be painted, for the safety of the user. Most cheerleading megaphones are constructed from either plastic or metal.

How to Paint a Cheerleading Megaphone

Determine the color or colors to paint the cheerleading megaphone. Latex paint works well on megaphones made out of anything put plastic. To paint a plastic megaphone, purchase paint designed to adhere to plastic materials.

Clean the cheerleading megaphone, and allow it to dry thoroughly. Use a towel to wipe away any excess water.

Wrap painter's tape over the cheerleading megaphone mouthpiece. Tape any area of the megaphone that will be painted with a contrasting color of paint.

Apply the first coat of paint using a paintbrush. Let the project dry thoroughly overnight.

Remove the painter's tape from the megaphone body, and apply the contrasting coat of paint if desired. Allow to dry thoroughly overnight.

Draw the team mascot or lettering with permanent markers, paint, or sticker-backed emblems. If you're using paint to design the team mascot, allow it to dry for at least four hours before proceeding with the next step.

Apply a clear coat either by spraying evenly from an aerosol can or by using a clean paintbrush. Remove the painter's tape from the cheerleading megaphone mouthpiece after allowing the project to dry overnight. The megaphone is now ready to use at games and events.

Items you will need
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Drop cloth
  • Stencil, sticker-backed emblem, or person able to draw a design (optional)
  • Painter's tape
  • Clear-coat bonding paint or stain
  • Water and dish soap
  • Towel
  • Permanent markers (optional)

Tip

  • Do not rush the drying process, or the paint can become tacky and make the megaphone look messy.

Warning

  • Complete this project in a well-ventilated area.

About the Author

Tara Dodrill began writing professionally in 1990. She is a travel writer and photographer working for print and online media, primarily covering Florida, ecotourism and off-the-beaten-path destinations. Her writing credits include RUMBUM, Yahoo News, Visit South magazine,and North Carolina Coastal Guide. She studied journalism and education at Ohio University and real estate at Hondros College.