Finding free fonts is like winning $5 on a dollar scratch-off lottery ticket. You can’t do everything you want with it, but it’s enough to get you a Diet Coke and a candy bar; a coffee and a doughnut; you get the point. It’s awesome enough to make you happy.
That’s why Cricut DIYers who can’t afford to spend money on licensed fonts look for quality free font websites. Sure, they know that they may only get a demo, but a demo could be the difference between a perfectly executed project and a failure to launch. At their disposal is an arsenal of typesets for every style, occasion, and holiday. It is hard to choose the perfect one, though. We can spend hours scrolling through pages and pages of fonts before finding the perfect one.
Because of this, we want to help. We present our top picks for the best free fonts for Cricut users. We’ve organized our list by major holidays—a font for every season!
Jump to your preferred holiday, or stick with us to learn how we picked our fonts.
- New Year’s
- Valentine’s Day
- Independence Day
- Winter Holiday Season
- Holidays that Celebrate Heritage
Let’s get started.
How We Selected Our Fonts for Cricut
Believe me, if I could, in good faith, tell you to use whatever font you wanted for a Cricut project, I would. I had the perfect Christmas font picked out until I realized that the pencil tip-sized snowflakes around each letter would’ve been a pain to weed and transfer. Some things are impractical for certain Cricut-based DIY projects.
When you’re selecting fonts for Cricut, you want to think about yourself and the recipient of your creation. How much added labor will the font add to your workload? Will the font translate well on the material you’re using?
This doesn’t mean you can’t pick a really festive, creative font or have to stick to Sans Serifs, but you need to put on your best designer thinking cap.
Our selections are based on this idea of selecting a font that is practical to the situation but still offers something extra to help your creation stand out. Something well in between the font with a dozen sparkles around each letter and your standard Helvetica.
1. New Year’s
For our New Year’s pics, we wanted to bring big, bold, and beautiful fonts to your invitations and New Year’s party favors. Our selections balance 1920s glamour with modern curls and softness to help you match your font to your aesthetic. Remember, this is a day of global celebration! It’s okay to be showy and gaudy, and honestly, with that much champagne, you don’t want people squinting to see your typeset.
2. Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day fonts tend to be the same connected calligraphy, just under different names; we want to offer you something different. Of course, we couldn’t help but include some of those romantic calligraphic options. Still, we wanted to also look for fonts that exude different levels of romanticism, from friendly fun to sophisticated courtship to warm simplicity.
These fonts also lend themselves well to many other holidays on this list, especially Easter, Winter holidays, and birthdays.
3. Independence Day
In the United States, Independence Day is pretty straightforward. Visual representations include the American flag, fireworks, stars and stripes, summer BBQ food, etc. Though we do love a good pictorial font, we decided that it’s time to upgrade Independence Day with a bit of class. These selections capture the bold fun of summer parties while offering a non-cluttered option to a holiday dripping with red, white, and blue.
Whether you celebrate Easter religiously or secularly, an Easter party is always fun—and so should your font! We decided to find fonts that capture both the bounce of Spring and the respectfulness of religious observance so that you can use them for any type of Easter or spring event.
We’re not going to lie, there are tons of great Halloween-themed fonts out there, and it wasn’t easy to decide which ones to put on our list. We eventually made up our minds and decided to (mostly) part with the “oozing” fonts and find some that could fit a variety of Halloween-themed events. And yes, the Friday 13th font is a very close replica of the actual font used for the “Friday the 13th” movie franchise.
Thanksgiving to Americans is a traditional, sometimes formal holiday (that includes overeating and football), so we chose to stick to fonts that follow this semi-formality.
But we didn’t take ourselves too seriously.
We love a Serif’s ability to ground an aesthetic in tradition, but we also should remind people that gathering with friends and family should be a good time even if it’s a struggle. We believe our Thanksgiving selections capture both of these elements.
7. Winter Holiday Season
There’s a reason why people now prefer to wish someone “Happy Holidays” during the winter months. There are so many holidays at that time of year that you never know who celebrates what! And we agree!
So many holidays fall between November and January that to solely pick a Christmas font would be a missed opportunity for Hannukah, office holiday parties, the Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, etc. The fact is that many of these fonts are interchangeable for several holidays, so don’t feel limited to one occasion.
8. Holidays that Celebrate Heritage
Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick’s Day, St. Lucy’s Day—as a melting pot with incredibly diverse backgrounds, the United States recognizes several holidays that celebrate our blended heritages. If you’re looking for a typeset to help you celebrate, look no further. There are plenty of attractive fonts out there that you’ll love to use for a Cricut project.
Don’t forget that birthdays are holidays, too! And technically, birthdays are federally recognized (though maybe our job doesn’t always recognize them). Anyway, for whatever birthday party you might throw, you should treat your invitation font just as any other holiday font on this list.
Downloading Your Font
Found a font you liked? It’s time to download it! Fortunately, Cricut recognizes your system fonts, so all you have to do is download/install, depending on the website, and follow these basic steps. Note that you’re better off activating these fonts with Cricut Design Space closed. That way, you don’t have to restart a program.
- Go to your font menu or font library.
- For Windows users, go to Control Panel > Fonts.
- For Mac users, go to Finder > Library > Fonts.
- Select your font.
- Click Activate.
Your new system font should be ready to use! And the best part is once you activate it, you can now use your new font anytime you want.
About the Websites We Sourced From
Fonts are a subjective matter. Because of that, we want you to be able to browse the websites we used to create this list so you can discover more license-free options for future projects, whether it’s for a holiday or not.
Of all the websites we used, Dafont is our favorite. It has been around forever and is perhaps the easiest font site to navigate. Features include:
- A custom text preview option.
- An incredible selection of fonts from which to choose.
- An individual letter preview.
You can search fonts by author, submit a font yourself, and donate to font designers even though the fonts are free.
We love Behance because of how unique it is. Though its free font selection is limited, the website’s options are the “something different” any font library needs. We were able to pick more holiday-feeling fonts, but you’re bound to find a font for edgy and exciting design projects. Simply type in “free fonts” in the search bar.
3. Urban Fonts
Urban Fonts has an excellent selection of fonts, but what really makes this website stand out is its dingbat catalog. We didn’t choose any of their dingbats for this list, but it’s a great resource to have when you need an image you can’t find in Cricut’s library.
Font Squirrel is an oldie but a goodie. With font classifications on the right-hand sidebar, you can see precisely how many fonts are available in each category. If you’re unfamiliar with the website, you can get lost, but between the text preview and the option to buy licensed fonts (if you so choose), you can’t go wrong squirreling away the fonts on this website.
5. Font Space
If you need a website to sell a font for you, Font Space is it. Most, if not all fonts, come with a preview card to better visualize how you can use your font. Searching for fonts by category takes a little getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, using Font Space is a breeze.
Quick Tips for Finding the Perfect Font
Why do we celebrate the discovery of a free font or a free font website so much? For those who are creatively-minded—you don’t even have to be a Cricut user—you know that a font can make or break a design. Fonts help set the mood, deliver the message, and contribute to the overall aesthetic.
Simply put, a font tells the story.
Finding the right font isn’t a rushed process. Sure, when we finally decide on a default font for a specific type of project, it almost becomes a no-brainer, but searching for a perfect font for what you need takes time.
Sometimes, though, we get stuck in the process, and we just can’t make up our minds or even get ourselves going! To help you start, here are some tips for choosing the right font for your Cricut project.
Determine the Nature of Your Project
Once you better understand the physical aspects of your project, you can better choose a font. If you are printing something on a vinyl iron-on, don’t select an overly filigreed font if you’re not ready to spend time carefully weeding the design.
However, if you are simply cutting a card overlay or a sticker, go ahead and be as fancy as you want! In other words, you want your font to be readable and manageable.
What Mood Do You Want to Set?
If you are all about tradition, go for a Serif. If you want something that reflects fun and levity, go with curls. Don’t think about fonts in terms of girly or manly. Fonts are essentially gender-neutral. Instead, think about personality: delicate, bold, flashy, gaudy, gentle. You can better find a font when you can pinpoint the character you want your project to have.
Don’t Be Afraid to Use What Works
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. We know you want to stand out, but if a font that everyone else uses works for your project, then it works! There’s a reason everyone else is using it. So take the pressure off yourself to be an innovative font genius. DIY should be fun, not something that turns your hair gray.
Free Fonts for Days!
Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and more, there’s a font for everything out there and a time for every purpose under Cricut heaven. And for every licensed font, there’s bound to be a free one. No problem if you didn’t see anything you liked on our list! Check out any of our source websites and browse through thousands of fonts. So stop shopping and start stocking up on our top picks for the best free fonts for the Cricut.