This is an overview of my favorite places for free fonts and how to install them for the Cricut app.
There are so many Cricut projects you can do with all sorts of different fonts. There are many font designers out there who make a free version of their fonts for personal use.
This is just a small selection of some of the projects I’ve done with different fonts.
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Here are my top go to site to find free fonts for my Cricut projects
The most popular place to find free fonts is Dafont. This is a great place where most font makers will make a free version of their fonts to get exposure. While not all the glyphs and flourish might be free, the base letters will always be available for you to try out before buying.
I find this website slightly easier to use. The filtering mechanisms make it easy to narrow down the selection to a single type you are interested in.
Urban fonts has a filter that is “reverse background” which is great to quickly visualize the letters as a cutout for stencil making.
Font Squirrel has some really useful categorizations and tags for Cricut users like stencil and marker that help you narrow down the font for the type of craft you are doing or the style you are going for.
I like Font Bundles because the fonts are displayed with graphics and illustration which is a great inspiration for whatever you are working on. I find frequently I go there looking for a font for one project and end up creating multiple projects with different fonts.
How to install free fonts for the Cricut app
Uploading fonts to Cricut Design Space is relatively straight forward on a computer.
It is a bit more complicated on a mobile phone or tablet.
How to install font on Cricut Design Space on your computer
After downloading the font you want, open the zip file by double clicking. Font formats typically come in OpenType or TrueType. OpenType was developed by Adobe and has a bigger character set. If you are downloading a font with lots of glyphs, you will need to install the OpenType font to enable all the glyphs.
Many times, only the TrueType font is available. This will still have the basic set of characters.
Double click on the font file. Then just click “install” at the top of the window.
If your Cricut Design Space window has been open this entire time, you will need to close it and reload the page.
How to install free Cricut fonts on the iPhone, iPad and Android devices
This is a bit more complicated for both iOS and Android mobile devices. I highly suggest downloading a free app called iFont. (you can paid for the ad free version)
After installing the app, find the Font Finder tab accessible from the bottom of the screen.
iFont will have access to a number of free font sources like Dafonts and 1001FreeFonts but also to any that you have downloaded in Open Files.
From one of these folders, click on the file you want to instal.
At this point, you will be shown an explanation of what the app is doing to install the font on your device. It will explain that you need to “allow” at the end of this sequence to move further in the installer process.
How to Access Glyphs and Special Characters in Cricut Design Space
This is really no different than access special characters on any other application.
Open the Character Map
For a PC, the Character Map is under System Tools. Because people have different versions of operating systems, I find the easiest way is to use the search function in the bottom left corner.
Using this search function, find your file explorer.
Using the File Explorer window select the “This PC” tab. Then using the search prompt in the upper right corner of the File Explorer, search for “Character Map”
In the Character Map, use the pull down menu up top and select the font you want to use.
Then click on the special character > Select > Copy
Back in Cricut Design Space Canvas, in the text box, you can paste your special character. (Ctrl+V)
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