Download free, beautiful custom fonts to use with your Cricut or Silhouette Cameo machine. Includes sites with free-for-commercial-use fonts!
I have a little bit of a confession to make: I’m absolutely obsessed with downloading free custom fonts to use with my Cricut Explore Air 2. I can’t help it: custom fonts are an amazing tool for any crafter with an electronic cutting machine. Not only do they open up a world of awesome design possibilities, they also help you create things that are totally unique.
Today I’d like to share with you five of my favourite sites to download free custom fonts. All of these sites have free fonts in a range of styles: brush fonts, handlettered fonts, calligraphy fonts, serif fonts, and sans-serif fonts.
In addition, at least some of the fonts on these sites are free for commercial use. If you’re not sure what this means, at the end of this post you’ll find a short, easy-to-understand summary of font licences.
I hope you find some amazing fonts for your Cricut/Silhouette Cameo projects!
P.S. If you’re not sure how to install these fonts on your computer, I’ve written a beginner-friendly guide to installing custom fonts.
Five websites to download free fonts for use with your Cricut or Silhouette Cameo
PixelSurplus is probably my favourite site for downloading custom fonts to use with my Cricut Explore Air 2. I also use a lot of their fonts in my free printables (for example, the font “Restless” was used in this free winter bird printable).
While some of the fonts are personal-use only, the majority are free for commercial and personal use – just be sure to check the details on the font’s page.
While offering more than just fonts (seriously, they have a huge range of stuff), CreativeFabrica has an amazing range of free fonts. All of their free fonts come with their commercial licence, which is great if you’re trying to make money with your Cricut or Silhouette Cameo.
In addition to their always-free fonts, CreativeFabrica does something I personally love: Free daily gifts. Once every 24 hours, they offer one font, one craft file, and one graphic for free. I may or may not check this site every day (I totally check it every day, it’s basically my religion at this point).
FontBundles.net is a fantastic source of free fonts, particularly free for commercial use fonts. In addition to their regular offerings, FontBundles.net also offers a free font of the week, where a premium font is available to download for free for seven days.
A community of talented designers, Behance has a number of amazing free design resources on offer, including a lovely range of stunning free fonts. While some fonts are personal use only, you can find many fonts that are free for commercial use as well. I’ve used fonts from Behance in several of my DIY home decor projects, most recently in my rustic Christmas tree farm sign.
Unlike the other sites, Behance does not have an option to show just the fonts. As such, the best way to find free fonts is simply to type “free font” into the search bar.
TheHungryJPEG has a huge range of free fonts – nearly all of which come with their commercial licence. This makes it an invaluable resource if you’re using your Cricut or Silhouette Cameo to make dollar dollar bills (or, in the Australian case, dollar dollar coins…which is way less cool sounding).
In addition to their huge range of custom fonts, TheHungryJPEG also offers:
- A free font bundle, which contains a selection of fonts (useful if you can’t be bothered trawling through their archives) and;
- A weekly freebie. While the weekly freebie isn’t always a free font, you can scroll down to see how often the weekly freebie has been a font – and it’s pretty darn often!
An important note about font licencing
In general, custom fonts come with one of two different licences that allow you to do different things with them. It’s important to understand these licences so that you don’t infringe any copyright laws.
While you should always check the fine print to be sure you’re doing the right thing, here’s a quick summary of the two most common types of licences.
- Personal use: In short, if a font is free for personal use, you can’t use it for something that makes you money. Take the example of a birthday card. It’s generally okay to use a personal use only font for a birthday card you’re giving to a friend. It’s not okay to use a personal use only font to make birthday cards you’re selling on Etsy.
- Commercial use: If a font is free for commercial use, this means it’s okay to use the font in commercial projects in addition to personal projects. With that said, it’s important to read the fine print as some fonts have restrictions on the scope or type of commercial use that is permitted. If you’re not sure, contact the font’s designer for clarification.