Here’s how to connect script fonts in Cricut Design Space when the kerned feature is not available or if you’re uploading a custom SVG font file.
My inbox went CA-RAZY when I shared my organized refrigerator, and so did my Instagram. But no one cared about how neat and tidy it was. Everyone cared most about the labels on my fridge shelves and drawers. It was like I had done something incredibly proprietary. I had so many people who wanted to know what font I used so they could recreate the look.
Turns out, there’s a bit of learning curve when it comes to that font. It doesn’t look the way it does on my fridge when you initially type it out. You’ve got to do a little game of Operation. So here’s my BIG secret to making the words look PERFECTLY handwritten.
Update: Cricut has added a new feature within Design Space called Kerning. This allows certain script fonts to connect automatically as you type them! To use a kerned font and take out all the work of connecting letters, choose the checkbox that says “kerned fonts only” in the font dropdown menu.
If a font you want to use is not kerned, or if you’re using an SVG file of an uploaded font, follow the tutorial below to make your letters connect.
Making Cricut Script Fonts Look Handwritten
Start by typing your text, and make sure you avoid using Caps Lock. Your first letter can be capitalized, but after that you need the rest to be lowercase.
Came out kinda weird, huh? Not cute. And definitely not like the brush-stroke handwriting vibe you were going for.
You’d probably be tempted to just lower the distance between letters using the letter spacing box on your toolbar, right?
Ewww, then that happens.
The A is all hugged up with the B and the E and T look like they’re in the middle of a yucky marital fight.
So before you go thinking you need to add extra spaces or cut the word up into chunks, try this instead.
Ungroup the text box. This makes each letter its own separate piece in your Canvas, just like images.
Then drag each letter to connect them as if you had written a word in cursive.
Note that some letters won’t be able to touch like two t’s in a row. That’s totally fine, and still looks great.
Once you’ve lined up your word and you’re happy with how it looks, draw a box with your cursor around the word, then group it back together again.
Finally, click WELD (in the bottom-right corner) so it will become one single “image” of a word. Otherwise, if you’re cutting vinyl, your letter cuts will overlap each other into a big ol’ fat mess.
Ta-Da! Easy peasy, and no cursing necessary! Look at you making it through a project without getting frustrated! I’m standing and clapping for you right now.
(That’s a lie, I’m sitting in my yoga pants under a blanket with a bowl of Cheetos in my lap. I’m actually just subtly nodding in pride.)
Need Another Font To Pair It With?
I made a Quick Reference Printable Guide for Cricut Fonts to make choosing and pairing fonts SO much faster and easier. It’s a one-page cheat sheet so you can print it and pop it up by your computer so you can breeze through adding text to your next design.
And spoiler alert, I tell you EXACTLY which font pairs best with Babette. 😉
Just drop your email below and I’ll send it straight to you!
Originally published January 2020, updated August 2022