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Can You Download Fonts to Cricut?
Good news! Yes you can download fonts to Cricut. In this article, you’ll find the best places to find free fonts to use in Cricut Design Space for your crafts. Plus you’ll learn how to download those fonts to Design Space so you can use them on all of your projects. One of my favorite ways to use fonts is to make Monograms as shown here.
You may have noticed that Cricut has fonts that you can pay for either individually or by subscribing to Cricut Access. But, buying fonts can add up super quickly. And crafting is an expensive enough hobby as is (don’t tell my hubby I just said that lol).
I will show you my five favorite places to find free fonts you can use in Cricut Design Space. Saving money on fonts means we can buy more vinyl and paper and make even more great things. Wooohoo!
Let’s get to it.
The free fonts in the image are called 1) I love Glitter 2) Bain Flower 3) Magnolia Sky
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How to Download and Find Free Fonts for Your Cricut Video
A Warning About Free Fonts
Some fonts that are free are going to be for personal use only. That means you can use them for your own personal use. You can’t make something with one of those personal use only fonts and legally sell it.
Other fonts that are free will include a commercial license. That means you can sell something you create with that font. But be sure to check the license terms.
You may only be able to sell one type of product. So say you use one of those free fonts to make and sell t-shirts. If you also use that font to make and sell towels, you may need to buy another license.
Bottom line, always check the license so you don’t get in trouble, and keep track of which fonts are personal use only.
Where Can I Download Fonts for Free?
There are several great sites that offer fonts for free that we can use with our Cricuts. My most favorite include a commercial license with the free font. And like I mentioned above, that means we can sell what we make with that font.
One little-known secret is Creative Fabrica. They offer 300 days of freebies and they all come with a commercial license. Be sure to get notifications when you sign up so you don’t miss any of them.
By this time next year, you’ll have 300 commercial use fonts that you got free… SCORE! Click here to go to Creative Fabrica’s 300 days of freebies.
Another great place is Font Bundles. They have a great selection of free fonts you can use in Cricut Design Space. And they include a commercial license too.
Some of my all-time favorite fonts have come from Font Bundles. And they send a new free font every week. It’s my favorite email to get. Click the image below to check out their selection of free fonts and be sure to sign up to get their free font every week.
The Hungry Jpeg
3. The Hungry Jpeg is a great place to get a bunch of free fonts at once. They have free font bundles they offer and they include a commercial license as well. Plus once you sign up they’ll email you some more great freebies.
Click here to see The Hungry Jpeg’s Free Font Bundle.
4. Creative Market offers 6 free fonts every week. There are usually some pretty good fonts. But sometimes the licenses are limited so be on the lookout for that.
Click here to see Creative Market’s six free fonts this week.
5. Dafont.com is popular because they have so many free fonts. BUT a good chunk of them are free for personal use only. Even if it lists the font as commercial use, be sure to check the license that comes in the font folder. I would hate to see anyone get in trouble.
1001 Free Fonts
Like Dafont, most of the fonts on 1001 free fonts are for personal use only. However I do like how you can sort fonts here by script, groovy, retro and different categories. It makes finding fonts easy.
Click HERE to go to 1001 Free Fonts
Though I don’t find myself getting fonts from Font Squirrel all that often, they do have a great font identifier tool that I like. If you see a font you like but you don’t know the name you can run it through the font identifier and get matches to it.
Click Here to visit FONT SQUIRREL
How to Download Fonts To Cricut PC and Mac
Once you’ve found a great free font you’ll need to download it and get in into Cricut Design Space so you can actually use it.
Downloading is pretty simple on a PC or Mac. Once you find the font you want to use on any of the websites listed above the download link will be next to the font
Click the download link to start the download. If you are using a Chrome browser you’ll see the download on the bottom of your screen in the downloads bar. If you are using a different browser you might get a pop-up alerting you about the download. Some browsers might not alert you at all, but you’ll find the downloaded font in your downloads folder.
Fonts will come in a zipped folder. A Mac automatically unzips the folder when you click on it. On a PC you may have to right-click and select extract all if your version doesn’t auto-extract.
Once you have the file unzipped you will see several things in the folder. Your font(s) and the usage license are standard. I always install the OTF version of the font, if that doesn’t work try the TTF version. The only difference between the two is what operating system they work with.
To install on a Mac simply click on the font and a new window will appear showing you the font with an install button. Click the install button and your font will be ready to use on your computer.
On a PC you may have to right-click on the font name and then click install
IMPORTANT: If you have Cricut Design Space open when you install fonts you’ll need to close it out and re-open it to see your new fonts.
In the Design Space font menu, you can click on system to see all of your fonts, they are listed in alphabetical order. Or type the font name into the search bar and your newly installed font will be displayed!
How to Download Fonts on an iPhone
Downloading fonts on an iPhone has a few more steps. Quite a few actually. To make it easy for you to follow along I’ve created a cheat sheet that you can print out and reference while you’re going through the steps.
CLICK HERE to get the free Cheat Sheets to download fonts to your iPhone. We’ll get them sent right over to you.
I’ve also created a video shown below taking you through the steps for downloading fonts to an iPhone.
Now you know the best places to find free fonts and download them to use in Cricut Design Space. Below are a few more FAQs concerning fonts if you’d like to learn more. I can’t wait to see what you make with your new fonts!
Are there any Free Writing Fonts for Cricut?
At one point Cricut offered one or two free writing fonts to use with their pens, but it looks like now they are all paid either individually or available through Cricut Access.
However Jennifer Maker has created a free writing font, you can learn more about it and get it on this post about making gift tags
Do you Have to Pay for Cricut Fonts?
So what about the fonts that are already loaded into Cricut Design Space? Do we have to pay for those fonts?
Yes, you’ll have to pay for most of them. You can also subscribe to Cricut Access and you’ll be able to use over 700 of the Cricut fonts. The current subscription rate is $9.99 a month or $95.88 a year.
In addition to being able to use most of the Cricut fonts, you’ll also be able to use over 200,000 of the preloaded projects at no additional cost.
Where to Find Free Fonts for Cricut Design Space
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Chris Butler has helped thousands of crafters learn how to use their Cricut machine without feeling overwhelmed. She is a best selling author and an up and coming designer. For fun Chris enjoys designing SVG Files, hanging out with her family (preferably at the lake), traveling, and volunteering at her church. She is a wife and mom of two crazy fun kids.
Besides unzipping the files do you need to do anything to them if they are not in svg form to cut on vinyl?
Not if you are using them in design space. If you are using text in a design software like Inkscape or Illustrator you’ll need to convert the text to paths.
How do I unzip the files? I am new to this and completely naïve with all of this.
Chris Butler says
Hi Rachell! Most of the time you just double click on the file and it will unzip (newer computers) . Older versions you may need to right click on the file and then click extract or extract all.
Most of the recommended sites are not offering svg files. I downloaded only to find they are the wrong format for the Cricut.
Chris Butler says
This isn’t a post about SVG files, it’s on how to find free fonts. Fonts are different from SVG files, they are installed to your computer, not Design Space. But once fonts are installed to your computer they will be available for you to use in Design Space.
When using a downloaded font, do you have to print and then cut?
Chris Butler says
No, you can use it to just cut
Where is the book you made? I don”t see it anywhere.
Chris Butler says
You can find it here https://dailydoseofdiy.com/cricut-guide
Judy Babb says
Where is the link to get the Conquer Your Cricut book?
Chris Butler says
Here you go https://dailydoseofdiy.com/cricut-guide/
Love your posts! I began keeping track of my fonts when I started buying commercial. Unfortunately for me, I have many fonts that I had downloaded that were free for commercial use before I started separating them.
Thank you! I learned a few new things. I have fine point pens. I didn’t know I could get larger point pens.
Are the fonts you pay for with the Cricut Design Space subscription, for commercial use or just personal use?
Thanks for this helpful resource on fonts. I am a really big fan of DaFont.com
Chelle Thompson says
I totally LOVE you for this! This took a lot of time and just answered the questions I had about looking for writing fonts.
Natasha comiskeyb says
Hi very new to circuit I’ve signed up some of the above fonts.thank u very ,Uchg just have a question. How do I get them into design spacecthanks
Do you have any information on the cricut joy
Jenni Kolb says
Oh Chris, I thank the Lord for you!! I can’t tell you all the tears that have fallen, trying to get this all figured out. I was blessed by the MS Foundation, with their Better Life program, and a Cricut Explore Air 2. I have been SOOO excited to use it, but then my SSI got tight and I couldn’t afford the monthly subscription. So then all of the things I had made on the app are useless because they want to charge me at least $10 for each font I used. So now I am starting over, and have been crying because I don’t want to let my little grandsons down by not giving them anything for Christmas. I am making them wooden signs with wood I repurposed with pallets, sanded down the pieces I cut, and put them together. It had taken me weeks to figure out through much trial and error to get everything just perfect. Then I went to cut it all tonight and try and get them all done by Christmas. Then I got hit with ‘you need to pay for this’. I had thought the ones I’d downloaded from the app, that said FREE, were FREE!! Nope, not when you are no longer a paying subscriber. So I looked up free fonts and found you. I could just hug you!!! I don’t know if I will get it all done in time, but I’m sure trying. It’s going to take me some time to extract and install each of them. WHEW!
But I have seen your videos on YouTube and I absolutely love how you teach!!! What a Godsend!! THANK YOU!!!
I hope you and yours have a VERY Merry Christmas!!!!
Shannon Mcdaniel says
I’ve been successful downloading fonts from Dafont onto my laptop, but not my Galaxy tablet. I’ve watched some YouTube videos that say it’s very difficult on an Android, but I just can’t buy into the fact it can’t be done. Do you have a video or some kind of instructions that would help me?