It can be frustrating when you find a good font then can’t remember the name when you later want to use it, so I put together a quick reference list of what I think are the 40 best cursive fonts for making printables. If you want to make your own printables (planners, planner stickers, party printables, labels, wedding invitations, branding material for your business, pinnable images for Pinterest etc.), this post has my favorite cursive fonts.
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Things to keep in mind when choosing cursive fonts
When I’m choosing cursive fonts for a printable there are a few things I consider.
1. Easy to read
Unless you’re using the font for something like a planner cover i.e. a large font size, most cursive fonts will be hard to read. I almost exclusively use cursive fonts for a title of a printable only e.g. the month on a calendar or a name on a planner cover.
2. Font size
Some cursive fonts have so many flourishes above and below the letters that you need a large font size which reduces planning space on the page. I try and use no smaller than font size 14 for my printables, which rules out some cursive fonts.
Some custom fonts come pre-formatted to have a large line spacing between text. I avoid these fonts as it wastes too much space. Note: you won’t know until you download the font and try it (thankfully it doesn’t happen with many).
4. Commercial use
There are many sites with great fonts for free including:
- Creative Fabrica
- font zone
- font squirrel
- font bundles
- font fabric
- font space
- 1001 free fonts
- Urban fonts
- Google fonts
- Type wolf
- Craft Bundles
- Give credit to the creator of the font on the item you make e.g. place wording such as ‘font courtesy of <designer name>’ on the inside cover of a planner where you’ve used the font, or the listing description for the item in your shop
- Contact the creator to ask about purchasing a commercial use licence (this usually happens on dafont)
- Purchase an add on commercial use licence
- Purchase an add on no credit commercial use licence <— my preferred option
5. Does it come with numbers?
Some custom fonts do not come with numbers in the coordinating cursive font. It’s not a deal breaker for me – I usually use a simple font that’s easier to read anyway – but depending on what type of printables you’re making, it might be something you want to check.
Some cursive fonts look nice, but only at a large font size. If the letters of the font are very thin and there is no option to add a bold font style (not all custom fonts have this option), then no matter how nice the font is, I won’t use it if I can’t clearly read it at the font size I need it to be.
My all time favorite cursive fonts on the list below are the ones in bold: Thinkle Bloom, Welstendy, Christmas Classica
40 of the best cursive fonts for making printables
- Hello darling
- Andoly cookie
- Amarylii Blossom
- Lemonade Fabrica
- Willow Eden
- Chicken Food
- Christmas Bells Night
- Christmas Classica
- Baby Angelo
- Freestyle script
- Congrats script
- Star strella
- Brilliant soulmates
- Thinkle bloom
- Beauty Angelica
I typically use a cursive font for the title, and stick to simple fonts for the rest of the printable. Here’s an example of what I mean. You can learn how to make this monthly calendar in my ecourse teaching how to make printables (using a software not many people know about) which will be available to enrol in soon!
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