Most people of the Jewish faith tend to use bobby pins or other basic hair clips to hold their kippot in place. However, there are no real laws in any Jewish sect that says you cannot use something other than bobby pins or basic hair clips. As such, you could make some fancier kippah clips, either for yourself or as a gift. The following ideas and instructions will get you started with what you need and how to make unique and attractive kippah clips.
The Basics: Bobby Pins, Clips and Beads
Start with the basics. Make sure you have some bobby pins and some hair clips on hand, specifically the kind that bend and snap into place. Then purchase embroidery floss, beads (silver, blue and white are quite popular for kippah clips, but you can use whatever colors are allowed in temple or at bar/bat mitzvahs), and a glue gun (with kosher glue sticks, if your sect of faith demands it). Many craft stores sell Star of David beads, which are especially nice for making these clips, so be sure to purchase some of these too.
The Creative Process
Your imagination is your own here, but the following instructions will get you started on making some clips and practicing with the materials.
For Decorated Bobby Pin Kippah Clips:
You can wrap or knot embroidery floss aroud the ribbed edges of the bobby pins. You can also tie in small colored beads into the floss decoration. Do not use too much floss, or the bobby pins will not hold your kippah on your head! If you want to use just beads, squirt a small amount of hot glue inside each bead before slipping it onto the bobby pin. (Crystal-like beads are especially nice for kippah clips that you will use during Chanukkah or a bar/bat Mitzvah celebration.) Be sure to test the clips after you have decorated them to make sure they will hold your kippah in place. If not, you may need to rethink the creative process to make the clips work.
For Decorated Snap Clips:
Decorated snap clips may be even easier to decorate, since they have that open space in the snap-up middle. You can weave embroidery floss in various colors and patterns through the middle opening to create an interesting design. (Just be sure to leave the very middle part open so that the bend-up part of the clip can still snap into place, or the clip will not work properly.) You can also glue various beads to the ends of these clips and around the outer edges of the clips.
To learn more, contact a company like Kippah Klipz.