To make a pompom, which is just a bunch of yarn gathered together in a certain way to make a fluffy ball. It can be used to decorate hats, scarves, bags or amuse your cats.
Step 1: Assemble materials
Start off with a few skeins of yarn, including some of those fun furs. You can make these with animal based yarns or vegan yarns, like cotton and acrylic.
Step 2: Ingredients
You'll also need scissors, something like a datebook or piece of cardboard, say from a small sketchbook (3-4" wide is good).
Step 3: Start to assemble.
Wrap your first yarn around the base structure/datebook about 10 times. Clip it off with some scissors, and wind some other yarn colors over the first layer of yarn, say another 10 times, clipping off after the tenth wrap. Layer on a few different colors. (You can make pompoms of one or many colors, of course!)
Step 4: Finish wrapping, start to cut.
After you've got all the colors that you want wrapped on, insert your finger between yarn and the base you're using to wrap around. Insert a 4" or so piece of yarn where your finger is and tie into a tight knot. Turn it over and do the same on the other side. Remove from base. Then cut a string about 12" long, and tie both halves together in the middle, where your other ties are.
Step 5: Finish.
Turn the object on it's side where you will see loops. Insert scissors, and cut all the loops open. Repeat for the other side. Fluff the pompom up so it's round. Then holding by the long piece of yarn, clip the outsides of the pompom so it has a nice round compact shape. Clip it over a cloth if you don't want the little scraps of yarn to scatter everywhere. Make a few while you're in the mood and have all your supplies handy. Amuse your cat. :)