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50 Best Rustic Fonts Free To Use For Your Next DIY Project

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When you’re designing art projects, home décor, invitations, websites, logos, advertising materials or more, you need a font that captures your or your brand’s unique style and personality. There are countless design aesthetics to choose from, but if you find yourself drawn towards images that are natural, aged, casual, warm, welcoming, with texture and maybe even a little rough around the edges, a rustic font might be the right one for you.

Whether you’re a graphic designer or DIY enthusiast, here’s a list of some of the best free rustic fonts for your next graphic design or home project.

1. IckyTicket Mono Font



This font is designed by The K-Type Foundry, a small, independent font company from Manchester, England. While the typeface is fairly standard, the unique weathering of the letters creates gives the font a rustic look.

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License information: Free for personal use

2. Seaweed Script Font



Seaweed Script comes from Font Diner, an Eau Claire, Wisconsin designer of typefaces for the graphic design industry. Their focus is on retro styles, but this font is also casual enough for the rustic label.

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License information: Free for commercial use (if a font is free for commercial use, it is also free for personal use)

3. Fredericka the Great Font



The shading in this font from Font Diner gives it a handcrafted appeal. You can use this font if you want to get a stenciled look on a project.

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License information: Free for commercial use

4. Vtks Escape Font



Designer, artist and font creator Douglas Vitkauskas of Vtks Design provides many styles of free and paid fonts. His Escape font is a bold but semi-distressed font ideal for any font you want to stand out.

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License information: Free for personal use

5. Vtks Propriedade Font



Another font from Vtks Design, Propriedade is a little softer than his other fonts. It has more of a hand-drawn and shaded effect.

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License information: Free for personal use

6. Vtks Autorized 2 Font



This Vtks Design creation features thin lines and a casual handwritten style. The font’s unique Zs and Rs stand out to give it a personal touch.

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License information: Free for personal use

7. Mufferaw Font



This font comes from Raymond Larabie, a Canadian font designer living in Japan. His entire font collection can be seen at typodermicfonts.com. This font was inspired by a local Ottawa valley hero who was known for being strong and friendly, just like this font.

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License information: Free for commercial use

8. Uchiyama Font



This Typodermic font contains letter and numerical variations that automatically shuffle. The style is based on mid-20thy century Japanese matchbook covers, but the font’s natural and hand-drawn feel works for rustic projects as well.

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License information: Free for commercial use

9. Berylium Font



Another Typodermic font, this style has been updated over the years by the artist to improve graphic glitches, improve accents and provide more language and symbol options. The unique edging of the letters gives the font a rough or “crunchy and pulchritudinous” – per the designer – look.

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License information: Free for commercial use

10. Harvest Barn DEMO Font



From Konstantine Studio, a digital typefoundry founded by two friends, co-workers and graphic design-enthusiasts, this font features friendly and casual print with some letters that link just as they would when you’re handwriting a letter.

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License information: Free for personal use

11. Soli Deo Gloria Font



Known for creating fonts with character and personality, Kimberly Geswein has had her fonts used by the likes of Starbucks, Skittles and Barnes and Noble and more. Soli Deo Gloria combines a mix of print and cursive for a warm and down-to-earth font.

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License information: Free for personal use

12. KG Thank You Stamp Font



Another style from font powerhouse Kimberly Geswein, this font features letters that look like they’ve been stamped individually. The stamp effect gives this font a true DIY appeal.

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License information: Free for personal use

13. KG Tribeca Stamp Font



Unlike number 10 above, these letters appear like normal typed letters, but the shading gives it a stamp look. The slightly distressed look of this Kimberly Geswein font works well for rustic projects.

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License information: Free for personal use

14. KG Broken Vessels Sketch Font



Another way to achieve the rustic look is through a font that looks hand-sketched. This Kimberly Geswein font includes letters that are bold enough to show up on any project but still project a casual feel.

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License information: Free for personal use

15. Written on His Hands Font



This handwritten Kimberly Geswein font has tiny imperfections that make it ideal for rustic projects. It supports many international languages and is warm and inviting in its simple design.

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License information: Free for personal use

16. Janda Stylish Script Font



For a cursive type font that isn’t too fancy, this script from Kimberly Geswein keeps it simple and inviting. The decorative loops give it a personal touch without seeming too frilly.

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License information: Free for personal use

17. KG All of Me Font



This won’t be a list of all of Kimberly Geswein fonts, but she has a lot that appeals to the rustic design set. All of Me features a slender, all caps design with moderate texture filling the letters.

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18. KG Tangled Up In You Font



One more Kimberly Geswein font before we explore other designers, we promise. This all caps design echoes chalkboard designs. Uppercase letters are filled in with various weights of shading for a warm and natural feel.

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License information: Free for personal use

19. Hagin Font



This serif-based font from Fontfabric has old-school geometric forms that work well in logos, posters and DIY home-based projects.

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License information: Free for commercial use

20. Just Skinny Font



Galdino Otten is a Toronto-based font designer with 231 fonts available on dafont.com. Just Skinny has an easy-going, hand-drawn look that fits with any rustic design.

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License information: Free for personal use

21. Haymaker Font



What’s more rustic than a font titled “Haymaker”? This rugged yet refined font from Trevor Baum was inspired by baseball jerseys from the 1930s and 1940s.

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License information: Pay what you want for personal use (you can download even if you choose to pay $0, but it’s nice to donate to the artist if you can)

22. Ribbon Font



Ribbon appropriately enough appears as though the lettering is crafted from cut ribbons. This unique font is great for invitations and art projects.

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License information: Pay what you want for personal use

23. Simon Script Font



With thin lines and stylish outlines, this font is accessible and versatile. Created by Davide Nerini, this font reminds you of handprinted blackboard designs. It works well for secondary headlines that are important but not the main point of focus.

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License information: Free for personal use

24. Grutch Shaded Font



Shading gives this font depth and texture. Created by French artist Steeve Gruson, the font has been downloaded more than one million times.

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License information: Free for commercial use

25. A Song for Jennifer Font



When used as a regular font (rather than bold), this font appears to be hand-shaded. Soft edges create a natural, rugged and inviting feel. The creator, Brittney Murphy Design, is dedicated to making the world less ugly one font at a time.

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License information: Free for personal and non-profit use

26. Virginia Sky Font



Another beautiful design from Brittney Murphy, this font looks handwritten and uses a mix of cursive and print lettering. With natural curves and faded edges, this font calls to mind the days of pen pals corresponding in the pre-internet era.

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License information: Free for personal and non-profit use (the designer asks for a $5 donation for commercial use)

27. Sweetly Broken Font



With more than two million downloads, this font is another popular option from Brittney Murphy Design. Slightly messy upper case letters and partially cursive lower case letters give this font a natural, handwritten and welcoming appearance.

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License information: Free for personal and non-profit use

28. Things We Said Font



The different size and shape letters keep this font real and natural. The hand-drawn look draws readers in, making it perfect for cards and personal websites. The font was designed by Imagex Fonts, a comic book artist, illustrator, graphic designer and textile designer turned font maker from France.

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License information: Free for personal use

29. Abraham Lincoln Font



As you would expect, this font is “tall, skinny and honest” per the Chicago-based designer and letterer, Frances MacLeod. The type draws from 1800s playbills and advertisements and works well for bold headlines.

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License information: Pay what you want for personal use

30. Geared Font



This font from Brisbane, Australia-based graphic designer Ben Dalrymple is versatile. The style is industrial-inspired, but you can customize it with four different weights to find the font that works best for your rustic project.

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License information: Pay what you want for personal use

31. Avril Font



This strong yet soft font is another Ben Dalrymple design. The all caps design is friendly and is available in a variety of numbers, symbols and punctuation.

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License information: Pay what you want for personal use

32. Deming EP Font



Chicago designer, Mike Fortress created this elegant but down-to-earth all caps font. It works well in big or small lettering and in a variety of colors.

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License information: Pay what you want for personal use

33. Wisdom Script Font



Maybe it’s a bit ironic that a font with the name wisdom in it would be created by someone who is still a student. This font from James T. Edmondson, a student at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Netherlands, is ideal for logos, invitations and website headings.

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License information: Pay what you want for personal use

34. Bender Font



This chunky type features letters that are all the same height and is available in two weights, solid or inline. The strong font was created by Jim Dore, a designer and art director from Kansas City who has experience designing for web, print and broadcast.

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License information: Pay what you want for personal use

35. Matchbook Font



These rounded letters have character. The textured version has a rough grittiness that is ideal for rustic projects. Created by Austin-based lettering artist, Simon Walker, this font is his first typeface release. Some of his clients have included Nickelodeon, AOL, ESPN, Vanity Fair and American Eagle.

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License information: Pay what you want for personal use

36. Carton Font



This letterpress-inspired design is strong and sensitive. Created by Sydney, Australia-based graphic designer Nick McCosker, Carton is another example of his passion for injecting life and style into brands.

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License information: Pay what you want for personal use

37. Homestead Font



Designed by Luke Lisi, a Colorado-born Jayhawk currently residing in Kansas City, the font name along inspires a rustic feel. The diverse shading in the all caps lettering is friendly and unique.

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License information: Pay what you want for personal use

38. Aquiline Two Font



Unlike most cursive fonts, this script is a little rough and more natural around the edges. It was created by Manfred Klein Fonteria.

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License information: Free for personal and charity use

39. Bearpaw Font



If you need a look that is sketched or carved into a design project, Bearpaw could work for you. The all caps design has a primitive and rough feel. It was designed by Dennis Anderson who only has one font available on Font Squirrel.

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License information: Free for commercial use

40. Brushstroke Plain Font



This font from Kevin Willis (who also only has one font on Font Squirrel), looks as though it were painted with a paintbrush. It can be used to add unique texture to your rustic designs.

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License information: This font did not come with a license so it is assumed to be freely available for download

41. Cabin Sketch Font

Nothing says rustic quite like a log cabin or a font inspired by such dwellings. This font includes simple outlined letters with haphazard shading. It’s casual and low-key, both important elements in rustic design.

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License information: Free for commercial use

42. Versica Serif Font

This bold, all caps and slightly distressed typeface comes from Letrasupply Typefoundry which is based in Indonesia. They offer a range of font families and download options. This one is available for free but be sure to review buying options before you download to ensure you’ve selected the correct option.

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License information: Free for commercial use

43. Le Havre Rough Basic Font

This basic, bold and all caps font has rounded edges that are warm, strong and inviting. It was created by insigne, owned by Jeremy Dooley, a one-man, self-taught type designer from Chattanooga, Tennessee. As with number 39 above, be sure to review buying options to make you have selected the free version within the font family.

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License information: Free for commercial use

44. Reey Font

This thin printed design is great for detailed lettering and descriptions on invitations, posters and DIY home design projects. The font was designed by Koen van der Bliek, a freelance graphic designer from Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

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License information: Free for commercial use

45. Paint the Sky Font

Another Koen van der Bliek design, this font looks like you’ve hand painted words yourself. It’s an easy way to add a rustic touch to any all caps headlines in your projects.

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License information: Free for commercial use

46. SickBoy Font

Koen van der Bliek decided to use a sick day to design this font. The casual, painted effect would work well in rustic design projects as well.

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License information: Free for commercial use

47. Gist Rough Font

This font strikes a nice balance of texture and simplicity. Designed by Yellow Design Studio it’s warm and weathered, just what your rustic project needs.

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License information: Free for commercial use

48. My Underwood Font

This typewriter-inspired font is incomplete enough around the edges to qualify as rustic. Created by Tension Type, a foundry based in Canada, this font is available in title case.

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License information: Free for commercial use

49. From the Woods Font

This all caps typewriter type font has thin lines and letters that are slightly different in size to give it a rustic appearance. The font works well as a subhead or to detail secondary content.

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License information: Free for personal use (free for commercial use with donation)

50. Bamboo Brisk Font

This font was made from actual bamboo pens by New York-based Skyhaven Fonts. The all caps font features slender letters with rough lines. Punctuation and special characters are limited in this font, so be sure to check the font profile before downloading.

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License information: Free for personal use (available for commercial use with a donation)

How to Choose a Font Font

This list is not exhaustive. There are thousands of free fonts available. Remember, the key with choosing a font for any rustic project is that it should evoke a feeling of raw and natural beauty, it should be inviting and warm, and it should strike a balance of strength and character. What are your favorite free rustic fonts? Have we missed any?

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