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34 Best Stencil Fonts for Designers in 2021 (Free & Premium)

If you’re trying to strike a serious tone in your designs or create a poignant, impactful message, there’s no better font than a stencil font. In this post, we’re going to be sharing the very best stencil fonts available for download in 2021. This hand-curated list includes all the top stencil fonts from some of the best designers in the industry. 

You can use the fonts below to give your designs and displays that same handcrafted, uniform look you get from stenciling artwork, but without any need for spray paint or stencils. Enjoy!

What are stencil fonts? (& how to use them in your designs)

Stencil fonts are digital fonts that recreate the appearance of physically stenciled letters and numbers (the kind often used on shipping boxes and crates). 

Like stenciled letters, they usually have breaks in the face and are typically in all caps with neat, uniform letterforms and straight lines.

The original Stencil typeface was released way back in 1937 but these days, there are dozens of different typefaces in the stencil font family, each of which varies in style and weight. 

Strong, impactful, and serious – they’re the perfect font choice for when you’re really trying to emphasize a message or drive a point.

Due to their handcrafted feel and no-nonsense design, stencil fonts are often used in things like warning signs, military notices and messages, packaging, corporate materials, and construction/industrial settings. 

They’re ubiquitous in army-themed displays and have been used in TV shows like M*A*S*H and Recess, as well as movies like The A-team. 

They’re also a popular choice for tool, outdoor, and home improvement branding materials. For example, a stencil font is used in Home Depot’s logo. This is because stencil fonts embody ‘ruggedness’; a central personality trait of these kinds of brands.

Top 34 best stencil fonts

Alright, let’s jump into the list. Here’s our hand-picked list of the best stencil fonts out there. If you want to use any of them, you can click the headline to go to the download page.

1. Hand Stencil

First up, we have Hand Stencil, a stencil sans typeface with a hand-drawn design. The natural brushstrokes give the lettering an authentic, rustic texture. It’s a very stylish and artistic font that’s versatile enough for all sorts of designs. It’d look great on greetings cards, invitations, book covers, t-shirts, and brand logos. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

2. Wargate

Wargate is a strong, serious-looking stencil font. As the name suggests, the designer took inspiration from military designs, as well as urban graffiti. This is a font that makes a huge impact, with a blocky shape, tight spacing, and all-caps letters. It’s a good choice for things like FPS games, military movie posters, caution/warning signs, labels, athletic designs, and logos. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

3. Quas Stencil Font

The Quas stencil font is sleek, sexy, and elegant. The feminine lettering makes it a great choice for luxury fashion brands, magazines, and any other designs in which you’re trying to portray style and sophistication. It also works well as a display font in headlines alongside script or sans-serif fonts. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

4. ThirtyNine Stencil

ThirtyNine Stencil is a fresh, modern-looking font from TypeFaith. It puts a new twist on an old style of font, with geometric lines and rounded edges. This font’s unique aesthetic would well in many different kinds of creative designs. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

5. Maroque Stencil

Maroque Stencil is a geometric stencil display font with a distinctly Moroccan influence. The designer took inspiration from the kind of ornate patterns found in Moroccan artwork and architecture. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

6. Toy Soldiers

Toy Soldiers is another military-themed stencil font from designer Billy Argel. The thick, blocky letters are designed to look as if they’ve been spray-painted on, which creates a really authentic-looking stenciled effect. 

Price: Free for personal use

7. Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap is a distressed, grunge display font. The designer took inspiration from his daily commute and wanted to create a font that looked authentic and characterful. 

He created it by hand cutting letter stencils and then spray painting them black, so the lettering is deliberately messy and rough around the edges. This gives the font a bit more personality and an industrial look and feel. The font pack includes uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, symbols, and stylistic alternatives.

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

8. Leatherhand

Leatherhand is a vintage stencil font with a classic, retro look. The curves and indentations on the lettering give it plenty of flair, which makes it a very memorable font. It’s ideal for brand logos, posters, quotes, and retro designs. It works well alongside both serif and sand serif fonts. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

9. Harley

If you’re looking for a futuristic-looking stencil font, check out Harley. This all-caps sans font uses straight lines with no curves and comes in three different weights: thin, regular, and bold. The stencil version is only available for the regular weight.

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

10. Spagheti Script

Spagheti is a curly, curved stencil font. The lettering is designed to look like it connects together from start to finish in a single twirling line as if made from spaghetti noodles (hence the name).  This makes it a great choice for food-related designs such as Italian restaurant logos or menu headlines.

The font comes in two styles: Spaghetti Script and Spagheti Xtrude. The latter is an extrude style that can be used alongside the regular script to create a 3D effect. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

11. Fountencil

Fountencil is a blackletter font with a gothic-inspired design. It’s reminiscent of old newspaper headlines and would work well in rock album covers, logos, fashion designs, and headlines. The font set includes A-Z and a-z letters, numbers and punctuation, multilingual scripts, and stylistic alternates.

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

12. Towards

Towards is a minimalist stencil font by Alterzone. The simple design and minimalist aesthetic make it a great choice for elegant designs like wedding invitations, photography, and logos. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

13. College Stencil Font

College is a beautiful stencil typeface from Corentin Riviere. It was designed to pay homage to the College de France, with letterforms inspired by the architecture of the buildings. It perfectly encapsulates that look of academic elegance. And the best part? It’s available for free!

Price: Free for personal & commercial use but donations to the designer are welcome 

14. Sharpshooter

Sharpshooter is another military stencil font. It’s a strong, powerful font that packs a punch and would work well on army-themed designs, like army figurine toy packaging, shooting game UI, military apparel, magazines, YouTube covers and thumbnails, movie titles, and more.

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

15. ReRun

ReRun is an urban display font with an industrial style. It’s only available in all caps and aims to recreate the look of hand-drawn or spraypainted stencil letters. The industrial look makes it ideal for real-world applications like shipping containers, album covers, roadwork signs, and more. 

The font family includes letters A-Z, numbers, and punctuation. It comes in 4 styles: rough, clean, outline, and light. The download pack also includes a PDF with a link to download free grunge textures that you can use to add texture to your designs. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

16. Helomate Stencil Typeface

Helomate is a playful stencil font with a lot of character. The rounded edges give it a softer look that makes it a great choice for fun designs, like children’s books, stationery, school designs, and invitations. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

17. Ouders

Ouders is a vintage stencil font from designer garisman. It’s a big, strong font with a rough and rustic style that’d work great in large displays.

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

18. Typehead

Typehead is a bold stencil font family with an industrial-inspired design. The letters have geometric edges and spiky crossbars which gives them a uniquely modern, industrial look.

It contains both uppercase and lowercase alphabets, as well as 252 glyphs in total, and comes in 4 styles: Typehead Regular, Typehead Deco, Typehead Regular Stencil, Typehead Deco Stencil.

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

19. Asgard

Asgard is a bold, blocky stencil font with thick and heavy lettering. It’s a powerful, highly readable font that’d work well in large display titles like posters and website headlines. It’s available in OTF and TTF formats.

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

20. Capture It

Here’s another great free stencil font, courtesy of Magique Fonts. The grunge effect works really nicely on the classic stencil font and gives it that hand-sprayed look. It’s especially well-suited to product packaging.

Price: Free for personal and commercial use

21. Exomoon Display Stencil Font

Next up, we have Exomoon. This all-caps, monospaced font has a scifi-esque look that makes it ideal for futuristic designs. The irregular edges on the lettering give it an authentic handmade look. It comes in 3 versions: regular, lines, and letterpress.

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

22. Union Force

Union Force is a military-style stencil display font inspired by vintage military designs. It’s really well made and would be great for any military-inspired creative projects. I really like how the line breaks are all uniformly positioned.

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

23. Gasline

If you’re looking for a classic-looking, bold OTF stencil typeface to use in your displays, check out Gasline stencil. It uses a classic stencil design with a rough texture, and it’s a great choice for clothing, logos, and posters. It comes in both regular and italic.

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

24. Stenciland

Stenciland is neat, casual, professional. It’s a very versatile stencil font that’d work well in all kinds of design projects. The neat linebreaks and straight edges give it a classic look, while the holes in the letters add a touch of detail and inject some personality into the font.

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

25. Stampline Stencil Typeface

Stampline is a stencil typeface by Blankids studios. It’s great for logos, labels, headlines, packaging, channel art, and more. It includes uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, and multilingual scripts and can be downloaded in both OTF and TTF file formats. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

26. Crosshatcher

Crosshatcher isn’t a traditional stencil font as it has a unique scratched effect that makes it look as if it’s been drawn by scribbling messily across a stencil. It works best in smaller sizes or when viewed from further away. It includes a ton of glyphs, including basic and extended Latin, diacritics, Cyrillic, and kerning. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

27. Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt is another interesting stencil font that was inspired by the numbers on the iconic Thunderbolt planes. The imposing, military-esque style makes it ideal for large displays, especially airforce-related designs. Each of the letters has multiple horizontal and vertical linebreaks which makes them look like they’re caught in the crosshairs of a gun sight. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

28. Playtime

Playtime is a free-to-download font designed by John Skelton that comes in 5 different styles: regular, rounded, bold, rounded bold, and cutouts. You can experiment with using these unique styles alongside each other to create really unique designs. 

Price: Free (attribution required). Licensed under Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

29. Ember

Ember is a rugged, distressed stencil font. The post-apocalyptic design is ideal for any projects where you’re trying to make an impact. It works great in headings and would look awesome on a doomsday movie poster. True to the name, the distressed texture makes the letters look as if they’ve been burned or charred. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

30. Megaton

Megaton is a huge stencil typeface. This is one of the most impactful stencil fonts we’ve come across, with big and bold lettering. The lines are super chunky and the overall look is retro-futuristic. It’s reminiscent of 80s style but with a modern twist. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

31. Laura

Laura is a stylish, feminine stencil font that’s perfect for elegant branding projects. It’s a very elegant and delicate-looking serif font with tasteful strokes on the end of each glyph. It’d look great on luxury fashion logos, wedding invitations, and more. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

32. September

September is a free stencil font by Borja Fernandez that was inspired by old-school knuckle tattoos. The vertical crossbars give it a violent, macho look. For more awesome tattoo fonts, check out our roundup of the top 25 most stylish free tattoo fonts here

Price: Free for non-commercial use with attribution (licensed Creative Commons)

33. Opera

Next, we have Opera, another large bold stencil font. It’s a sans-serif typeface that uses a good mix of simple and geometric elements. It’s versatile enough to work well in every type of design and comes in 10 different styles, including thin to bold weights, outline and inline versions, stencil style, and Western style. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

34. Arcline

Last but not least, we have Arcline. This light architectural-looking stencil font was inspired by engineering drawings. It has a modern look that’d work well in technical projects, displays, typography, artistic quotes, and more. The font family includes 4 different styles: light, regular, bold, and inline. 

Price: Included in an Envato Elements subscription for both personal and commercial use ($16.50/month)

Final thoughts

Those are our top picks for the best stencil fonts for designers in 2021. If you’ve not found the font you were looking for on this list, you might want to check out some of our other font roundups for more ideas.

Matt Moran

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