Tired of using the same fonts over and over with your cutting machine?
Cricut Design Space include some free fonts, but the selection is limited without a paid subscription. At some point, you’ll get bored and want to break out and find new fonts.
The problem is, fonts can be expensive, and let’s be honest – crafting can be expensive.
So what’s a budget-strapped crafter to do? Find free fonts to use with Cricut!
That’s right, you can upload free fonts to Cricut Design Space.
It’s win win situation. Load up on free fonts and have spare change to save up for more vinyl – or maybe the new engraving blade (swoon).
Having a variety of fonts to choose from opens up a whole realm of creative possibilities.
In fact, the right font can be the secret ingredient to elevating your project from “eh yeah, that’s cute” to “WOW, you made that?”
Why? Because fonts express a mood, an emotion, or feeling – and add the just right flavour to your project.
And there certainly is no shortage of free fonts out there, but not all free fonts work beautifully as a cut file. Hunting for free fonts could send you down a rabbit hole of wasted time.
I’ve been there and done that. Not only does it suck, it drains your motivation.
But that doesn’t have to happen to you.
Let me spare you the time and frustration and share my personal list of the BEST free fonts you can download today.
As I find new freebies that work for cut files, I’ll update this list – so bookmark this post so you don’t miss out.
The best websites to find freebies
There are a few paid sites that release free fonts weekly:
How to add free fonts to Cricut Design Space
Download and install the font on your computer, and it will show up in Cricut Design Space under ‘System Fonts’.
If you install a font while Design Space is open, you might need to re-start Design Space. Be sure to save anything you are working before re-starting.
Reopen the program and Design Space should list the font under ‘System Fonts’.
What you must know about using free fonts
Free and paid fonts each come with a license that explains how you may use that font (and how you may not use that font). Some fonts allow only personal use, and some allow personal and commercial. Those terms and license agreements will vary among fonts and font makers. It’s not only important that you read the terms on every font you download – it’s crucial to avoid getting into trouble.
Personal use means you cannot use the font for items you will sell. Font makers often allow users to download and use the font free for personal use. The great solution for try before buying should you want to purchase a commercial license.
Having a commercial license means you can use the font on an item you will sell – but sometimes, the commercial license only applies to one project.
For example, if you use the font and use it on a t-shirt you sell, but then later want to use the font to make a sign to sell. You *may* need to purchase an additional commercial license for that font. There isn’t a one size fits all rule here. Again, it varies with each font and font maker.
Bottom line, you MUST read the license and terms of any font you download. I admit, it can be confusing. If that is the case, send a quick message to the font maker and ask for clarification. I’ve done this myself and have always received a helpful and appreciative message from the designer.
Tip: Organize your fonts by free + paid so there is no confusion. A simple Google spreadsheet will do the trick. And remember it is a good idea to keep a copy of the license in a dedicated folder.