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Crinkle Ball Cat Toy

Today is Maui’s birthday! As the most important member of our household, and to celebrate his bravery at coping with a hugely traumatic trans-continental move last year, I wanted to get him an extra-special present. Unfortunately, the pet shops here are lucky to have a ball and a mouse as their cat toy selection, and Maui already has loads of each of those.

maui helping me choose appropriate yarn colours
Maui also likes to supervise when I’m designing – here he makes sure that my yarn ball doesn’t get away from me while I crochet succulents

The balls I crocheted for my Yarn Over vs Yarn Under comparison had a dual purpose – I added some catnip as I stuffed them, so they could double up as new toys for Maui.

crocheted balls
Maui won’t care if I crocheted these with YO or YU, as long as there’s catnip inside!

But that wasn’t good enough – he already has crocheted balls to play with, and I wanted to give him a really special treat. So I put on my creative thinking cap and the result was pretty amazing – I think I may have created the best cat toy ever! It turned my 8-years-young lazypuss into a kitten again, and held his attention for far longer than any store-bought toy has.

crinkle ball cat toy tutorial by planetjune

If you have, or know, a cat, and you like to craft, you must try this. It’s really easy, it only takes 5 minutes, you’ll have a valid excuse for eating chocolates while you craft, and you’ll have the happiest cat in the neighbourhood! The foil makes an irresistible crinkly noise when the ball is played with.

crinkle ball cat toy tutorial by planetjune
The ball on the right has been thoroughly quality-tested by Maui, and after half an hour of kitty football, stalking, pouncing and batting, being carried by mouth, dropped into shoes and being fished out again, you can see that it hasn’t fallen apart at all!

Note: this is my first donationware craft tutorial. As I’ve had requests for PDFs of other tutorials, I’ll also be converting some of my older tutorials to donationware, as I find the time, so there’ll be a handy printable option for them too. As always with my donationware, the full tutorial is available online for free, whether or not you choose to pay for the PDF version!

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  1. Ellie said

    The pom-pom maker and yarn was $14 and a normal crinkle ball costs $2.50, so my crinkle ball set paid for itself in about 6 crinkle ball. These instructions work great! My 2 cats love these! Even my lazy old fat cat!

  2. Else T said

    June, these are so fun! Now that I am a cat auntie to three kitties, I’ll keep these in mind for future gifts. Thank you!

  3. sue said

    Well as soon as I’ve got someone to go to the shop and get some sweets I shall be making this for my three moggies. Brilliant idea! I’ve already done the ball stuffed with catnip which is very popular.

  4. Chelita said

    🙂 Cute.

  5. Corvus said

    Ooo. I bet my Mishto will love these.

  6. ~Lori said

    Wow, are his eyes really that gorgeous emerald green? What a handsome boy, in any case!

    Happy Birthday, Maui!

    • June said

      Yes, the photo isn’t retouched – Maui really does have those beautiful eyes! The green yarn in the photo does help to bring out that colour though, in the same way that wearing green brings out the green in hazel-eyed people – his eyes aren’t always that bright. I took that photo because his eyes just looked too dazzling to ignore at that moment 🙂

  7. Lindy said

    Happy birthday to Maui! So pleased he loves his lovely new toy:) It sounds great!
    Love, Lindy xx

  8. Very clever, June. I’ve been missing my cat quite a bit lately, so I love it when you share pictures of Maui. I’ll be bookmarking this for when we finally adopt another cat.

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