I always liked to give out pom-pom creatures to me students as rewards. They loved getting them too. Besides it is so easy now to pick up a cheap baggie of them. However, you will find the basic directions to make a pom-pom from scratch if you wish to do so. Unfortunately, I could not find the pictures I had of them been away from home.
General Materials: Pom-pom maker (a simple tool consisting of four small horseshoe-shaped templates with interlocking feet.), Yarn, Thread, and Needle
Directions to a Basic Pom-Pom
Place two templates back-to-back, and wrap yarn densely around the center arch, where the templates meet. Repeat with a second pair of templates.
Join the two halves together by interlocking the templates' feet, and snip the wool along the arch of each template. To connect the pom-pom halves together, slide a length of embroidery floss or a strand of yarn between the arches (bumps on facing sides of the pom-pom maker facilitate this process); wrap the thread around both poms, and tie tightly.
Pull the templates free. Gently squeeze the pom-pom with your hands to shape and compact the yarn. If desired, trim with cuticle scissors; in general, a closer shave yields denser, softer pom-poms.
Caterpillar: Green yarn and thread, Black silk cord (for antennae)
Make six pom-poms.
Join pom-poms together in a row by passing a needle with thread through their centers; knot thread at both ends
To make the antennae, tie a knot in one end of the silk cord, and draw it through the head with a needle. Leave the knotted end at desired antennae length, and tie a knot at the same point on the other end; trim excess. A touch of white glue on the knots will keep the cord from fraying. If you'd like, give your caterpillar eyes by making several stitches with doubled-threaded black yarn.
Ladybug: Red felted merino wool yarn, Red thread, Black wool yarn (for polka dots), Black silk beading (for antennae)
Make a small black pom-pom for the head and a larger red pom-pom for the body
Join the head to the body by passing a needle with thread through the pom-poms; knot at both ends.
To add polka dots, draw a needle with double-threaded black wool yarn all the way through the red ball; trim both ends flush to the body (this will create two polka dots; repeat as desired). Sew in the little stripe on her back using the same method. To make her antennae, tie a knot in one end of the silk cord, and draw it through the head. Leave the knotted end at desired antennae length, and tie a knot at the same point on the other end; trim excess. A touch of white glue on the knots will keep the cord from fraying.
Chick: Yellow mohair yarn, Yellow thread, Orange felt (for beak), Black thread or embroidery floss (for eyes), clean broken egg shell, Penny or pebble (for stability)