I love picking the perfect gift for each recipient. I love it even more when I can personalize the gift. The Maker Space at the Covington Branch and STREAM Center at the Erlanger Branch make this easy and inexpensive!
The Covington Branch has a printer and heat press that allows you to make tote bags like this.
You can also use the heat press on T-shirts, can Koozies, aprons and other fabric. You bring the item you want to print on. Use an image you found on a free site or a photo you have taken. It will cost less than $1.50 per item to print. The monogram on the mug in the picture above was also done at the Covington Branch on the Silhouette Cameo. The Erlanger Branch has this machine as well. Just bring your own mug.
Each branch has sewing machines. The girls in this photo made these at the Erlanger Branch. Patrons do need to bring their own material.
An embroidery machine is available at the Erlanger Branch. It is digital and very easy to use. Bring your own fabric and pay less than $1 for your thread and bobbin.
Personalized buttons and key chains can make a really fun gift. You can draw your own design or use a digital image. The father in daughter in the picture below drew their own. I have made buttons with family pictures, which make great memories. The buttons cost 20 cents each. You can make them at Erlanger or Covington.
Have a photo you would love to turn into a poster? You can do that at the Erlanger or Covington Branch on the large poster printer. The fee is based on size but typically runs between $8 and $20.
The Glowforge and Boss laser engravers both make amazing gifts. Whether it’s a sign for your wall, a table decoration, an ornament, a personalized toll, a gift tag or a cutting board with a family recipe, the recipient is sure to love it! These machines are only available at the Erlanger Branch.
Most of the equipment requires a training appointment. Once trained, you can schedule time on the machine. Visit kentonlibrary.evanced.info/spaces to schedule time on a specific machine or call Covington at 859-962-4208 or the STREAM Center at the Erlanger Branch at 859-962-4094. Don’t forget to schedule a training session. Happy gift making!
Written by Gina Stegner – Gina is the public relations coordinator at the Kenton County Public Library and avid user of the STREAM Center and Maker Space. Many of the photos were provided by staff, patrons and Gina.