DIY Personalized Gifts at the Library

Are you trying to figure out what to get someone for the holidays? You can create great, customized gifts at the library. 

  • Garment Printer - Bring a shirt, tote bag, hoodie or other fabric item and customize it with any image you choose. The cost of using the Garment Printer is usually less than $5 per item. 

  • 3-D Printers - Customized model railroads, tabletop gaming and cookie cutters are another great gift. We have multiple 3-D printers for these types of projects. At $0.15 per mL, most pieces can be printed for less than $5. 

  • Laser Engravers - You can customize anything from cutting boards to glassware. Patrons will need to bring supplies to engrave. The library only charges for the protective tape, which is $0.10 per foot, making engraving one of the cheapest processes. The photos below are of items made on the engravers.


  • Embroidery - Customize towels, aprons, sweatshirts, stockings and more with the embroidery machines. Patrons provide the item; we provide the thread and machine. We have a wide assortment of colors, and most embroidery work can be completed for less than $0.25. 

  • Sublimation Printer - Personalize a plate, mug, canvas pouch, parking sign, Santa bag, candle holder and more using the heat press and sublimation printer at the Covington Branch. Each item is less than $10.  Items for the sublimation printer are available at the Covington Makerspace. The items in the photos below were made using the sublimation printer.

  • Banners & Posters – Use our large poster printers to make a banner or poster of your favorite band, team or artwork. The cost is $3-$6 per linear foot, depending on the material chosen.

Patrons should bring their customized designs on a flash drive. Need help with Canva, Publisher or Photoshop? Sign up for a one-on-one tech training class ( or check our events calendar ( for a class.

No need to be intimidated, staff will train you how to use the machines. Appointments are required in the STREAM Center and Makerspace. Visit or call 859.962.4000 for more information.

DIY Holiday Season

Make homemade gifts, decor and more.

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By Gina Stegner, public relations and social media coordinator.