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DIY Catnip Yarn Ball

My husband and I got “Poops” the Cat a few years ago. I made him get a cat because he had never had a pet and I wanted to make sure he was responsible for something other than himself before we have kids. So far, so good. Although the husband named her … so I think I’ll be in charge of naming the future kids. Poops is a senior cat around 12-13 years old. She pretty much prefers to take cat naps, so I wanted to make her something new and try to get her running around the house a bit more, so today I’m showing you how to make a DIY Catnip Yarn Ball. With the catnip on the inside, it will drive your cat crazy, plus it’s a super cute toy!

DIY Catnip Yarn Balls // Salty Canary

This is much cuter than a tied-off old sock filled with catnip. However, please be sure to use caution when allowing your cat to play with a yarn ball – make sure they don’t eat/swallow any of the yarn which could cause medical issues. 

DIY Catnip Yarn Balls // Salty Canary

To make the DIY Catnip Yarn Ball, you’ll need a few supplies:

DIY Catnip Yarn Balls // Salty Canary

  • catnip
  • wiffle balls
  • yarn
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun (optional)


1. Take the wiffle ball and tie one end of the yarn to the ball using the holes in the ball. Then start wrapping the yarn around the ball. You can optionally glue it down in places to ensure it doesn’t unravel. Your wrapping doesn’t have to be perfect, simply start wrapping in one direction and then halfway through, go in the opposite direction, and again, and again, to make it look like a real ball of yarn.

DIY Catnip Yarn Balls // Salty Canary

2. When you’re almost done and one of the holes is left exposed, fill the ball with catnip.

3. Then continue wrapping the ball until all the holes are completely covered.DIY Craft Catnip Cat Yarn Ball // Legal Miss Sunshine4. When finished, tuck the last bit of string in and you’re done!

5. Let your cat go crazy! Just keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn’t eat the yarn.

DIY Catnip Yarn Balls // Salty Canary

Because Poops the Cat is deaf, she has started meowing very loudly when she can’t find us. She sometimes does this in the middle of the night, so I like to tire her out during the day. I once read that cats often sleep after hunting and eating, so the catnip ball is great for “hunting” and then we feed her.




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