It’s no secret that I love DIY craftwork. I put together vision boards and such regularly and indulge in decorating and personalizing my spaces. In the rut of work, I haven’t had the time to do it recently. However, this weekend I decided to change that. So, I decided to put together a mini manifestation board of sorts. Now, I usually use glossy magazines and impromptu inspiration but I decided to list out and print my vision instead. Of course, I also needed to have inspiring quotes and graphics around me for which I needed the right font style and hence I got inspired to put this quick list together of top 10 sites for free fonts for you DIY craft lovers like me.
Furthermore, this list is relevant for graphic designers, budding crafters, teachers & students, etc. to use for school/hobby/work projects like card making, web design, scrapbooks, branding, wedding stationery and more.
Using free fonts
While the fonts available on these sites are free, they do come with our sets of ‘usage rules’. So, it’s important to be mindful of them before you go all in. Since typography is key to all businesses today and not just for DIY, it’s important to note that the fonts available on these sites come with a limited license of personal usage only.
In short, you can skip this part if you’re going to use them only for personal projects. As I said, this list is relevant for graphic designers, budding crafters, teachers & students, etc. to use for school/hobby/work projects like card making, web design, scrapbooks, branding, wedding stationery and more.
However, if you do want to use them for commercial purposes, always buy the commercial license version. That being said, you can definitely find sites that offer free fonts with commercial licenses.
Just be cautious, aware, and mindful of the creators behind!
Top 10 sites for free fonts
Now that we’ve been primed and cautioned, let’s get into the fun part and discover these free font sites together. To be fair, I have done good research on putting this article together so I’m no pro. If you think I have missed a great provider or misjudged another do let me know in the comments below.
1. Google Fonts
One of the top sites with over 1000 free font bundles, it definitely has something for everyone. Fonts are downloadable and open-source which makes them easy to use. I do think you can lose time looking for the right font in all that abundance but if you have the time, why not!
Highly popular platform with many great fonts to choose from, DaFont is especially known for the fonts categorized by themes such as horror, funny, formal, etc. They have recently done new updates to their categorization due to which I’m not onto the site as often as I used to be. Maybe it’s just me though.
A great alternative to Dafont is FontBundles. They also provide font categorization but club it together with the offer of a new font bundle every week. I think it’s super cool to play around with, especially for budding designers. You can also get the fonts with commercial licenses easily.
Currently, my favorite font bundle is called ‘Mediterranean’
I know it looks like the perfect font for a middle-eastern restaurant but I guess that’s just what I’m into these days. That being said, I hope I don’t end up doing my vision board quotes and graphics in this font. Actually, click here to discover their free font offer and help me decide which one I should choose as well. Just leave your recommendations in the comments below.
This site features a massive collection of over 32,000 free fonts from over 2,100 designers. You can also become +1 in more than 700K members & enjoy free fonts.
Behance is great if you want to discover unique fonts in a visual format. Pros and amateurs share their inspirations regularly on it, too, as it’s really a social network for designers more than just a font site.
6. 1001 fonts
Ironically named, perhaps, 1001fonts has high-quality fonts that can be filtered by type, style, and even weight.
This is the site for you if you’re looking for premium font families. But, the site also allows you to download a couple of free fonts from these font families to use them with your various projects. Find detailed information about the font licenses in each font page.
Browse fonts according to different themes, test your fonts before using or create an account to save fonts for later – UrbanFonts has it all sorted.
Want to create your own font? Well, FontStruct is actually a font building tool that allows you to create your own fonts with geometrical shapes. The site also has over 40K fonts ready to use from other creators like yourself.
One of the most reliable sources of HQ font, it has a cool ‘identifier’ that lets you decode the font from even an image!
So, that’s the end of my list of top 10 sites for free fonts for you DIY craft lovers like me. Did I mention your favorite site? Did you know all these sites from before? Are you an expert and want to share a hidden gem? Do share it in the comment section below. As always, I love to interact and learn more with my blogging adventures.
About that mini vision board that inspired this list, I’ll definitely be sharing that soon, too. Meanwhile, you can check out another vision board article that I did a few years ago for inspiration.
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Disclosure: This article was produced in collaboration with a partner site – fontbundles.net. The research is from Wikipedia, Awwwards.com and some good old google searches and the ideas presented are 100% mine but it has been funded & approved by the brand. I present this disclosure in fairness to my readers & brands I work with.