Cricut Joy Ultimate Guide to New Compact Smart Cutting Machine with answers to all of your questions + tutorials!

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Cricut Joy is a compact Cricut cutting machine that is PERFECT for home decor, adorable labels, and easy cards! \

The Cricut Joy cutting machine changes how you make labels, cut vinyl, and create cards! If you’ve ever wanted to make super-cute labels that basically write themselves, cut long strips of vinyl without a mat, and cut amazing cards super fast, you can do it with the Cricut Joy! The Cricut Joy is my favorite tool for making quick cards and handy labels. And, also, it’s adorable, and portable, and affordable. 

Cricut sent me my own Cricut Joy (squee!) so I can experiment and show you how this amazing little machine works in advance! I unboxed it and did my starter project live with everyone the day the Cricut Joy was announced — here is a replay of that fun peek at the Cricut Joy!

Cricut Joy Ultimate Guide to New Compact Smart Cutting Machine with answers to all of your questions + tutorials!

Let’s look more closely at what the Cricut Joy is and how it actually works! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.

Cricut Joy box sitting on a kitchen counter

What special things can the Cricut Joy Cutting Machine do?

  • LONG CUTS: Cut a continuous image up to 4.5″ wide and 4 feet long!
  • EASIER CARDS: New “Insert Card” sets and new Card Mats cut just the top layer of a card!
  • AMAZING LABELS: New line of pens and markers can write on the Smart Vinyl and won’t rub off!
  • REPEATED SHAPES: Cut repeated shapes up to 20 feet long
  • CUT VINYL WITHOUT MATS: You can cut Smart Vinyl without a mat! No need to change mats when you change colors!
  • PORTABLE: Light enough (under 6 lbs.) and you can take it anywhere

Cricut Joy Tutorials Galore!

I have many fun and easy tutorials for projects sized just for the Joy, including:

Jennifer Maker with the Cricut Joy Compact Cutting Machine

Answers to Your Cricut Joy Questions

I know you have many questions, so this page is the place for all the questions and answers about this fun cutting machine! If you have questions you’d like me to research, please just let me know!

Where can I get the Cricut Joy?

Get it from Cricut as well as in craft stores like Michaels and JoAnn. It’s also available on Amazon!

  • – Tip: If you add anything without a cord to your cart that totals over $50, you can use my 10% discount code and get free shipping in the U.S.!
  • Amazon – Tip: Get free shipping with Prime and get it fast!
  • Michaels – Tip: Remember you can order online and then go pick it up at the store. I definitely recommend this if you want to pick up at the store.
  • JOANN – Tip: Like Michaels, you can buy online and pick-up in store!
  • Walmart – Look in the craft section!
  • Target – Yes, Cricut is now at Target!! Maybe not all stores though — be sure to check yours first. You can always order online, though.
  • Hobby Lobby – Tip: Buy online and pickup in store.

How Does the Cricut Joy Differ From the Maker or Explore?

The Cricut Joy is smaller, lighter, more portable machine that can do long cuts on Smart Vinyl without a mat, cut and write on unique labels with new pens and writeable vinyl, and make super-fast cards using the Card Mat. The Cricut Joy is for fast cards, labels, and decals. If you need to cut thicker, denser, bigger stuff, you use your Explore or Maker. Check out my in-depth guide on all Cricut cutting machines in Which Cricut Should I Buy?

How Much Is the Cricut Joy?

Retail price is $179.99. View on But you can get it for under $150 most days.

What Materials and Accessories are available for the Cricut Joy Materials?

  • Smart Vinyl – $5.99–$28.99.
  • Smart Iron-On – $7.99-$13.99.
  • Smart Labels – $7.99.
  • Infusible Ink – $7.99
  • Insert Card Sets – $6.99
  • Transfer Tape – $4.49-$18.99.
  • Adhesive-Backed Paper – $6.99-$7.99.
  • Pens and Markers – $8.99.
  • Standard Grip & Light Grip cutting mats – $9.99 (4.5″ x 12″ long) and $8.99 (4.5″ x 6.5″ long)
  • Card mat (4.5″ x 6.25″) – $14.99
  • Starter Tool Kit – $7.99
  • Blade ($12.99) + Housing ($32.99)
  • Tote – $39.99

Can I Cut Things Other Than Their Materials?

YES! You can use the Standard Grip and Light Grip cutting mats to cut regular cardstock, vinyl, and all the usual things you can cut on a Cricut Explore, including faux leather.

What Size of Materials Can I Cut?

You can cut materials up to 4.25″ wide and 11.5″ long (if using a cutting mat) and up to 5″ wide by 20 feet long (if using Smart Vinyl) on the Cricut Joy.

The Cricut Joy is cute, but what can one even make with this?

TONS of stuff! Signs, wall decals, super cute cards, amazing labels, iron-on decals, Infusible Ink projects… so much stuff. You often don’t need a huge cutting area to make really cool projects.

Can I get the Cricut Joy in a different color?

The Cricut Joy is only available in teal blue right now.

Will the Smart Cutting Materials become available for other cutting machines?

Yes, there are now larger-size Smart Materials available for the new Maker 3 and Explore 3!

Do I Have to Use Smart Cutting Materials?

No, you can cut regular vinyl and cardstock using one of the Cricut Joy cutting mats. If you want to cut matless, however, you need to use the Smart Materials.

What Cricut Joy Accessories Do I Really Need?

Great question! You really and truly do NOT need ALL THE THINGS. In fact, your Cricut Joy has some things in the box already. Here’s a list:

  • Cricut Joy machine
  • Blade + Housing — this is a special one that fits the Joy
  • Fine Point Pen, Black (0.4 mm) — this is a special one that fits the Joy
  • StandardGrip Mat, 4.5″ x 6.5″ (11.4 cm x 16.5 cm) — this is a special one that fits the Joy
  • Welcome card
  • Power adapter
  • Free trial membership to Cricut Access™ (for new subscribers)
  • 50 ready-to make projects online
  • Materials for a practice cut

There’s a lot of things you can get, so I’ve created a whole guide to help you decide what you need — and don’t need — over at Cricut Joy: What Materials & Accessories Do You Really Need?

What About…. ?

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  1. I’m so excited for this machine! My son wants a Cricut of his own soooo bad, but the price is prohibitive. This is the perfect price point to let him go nuts and learn! Thanks for sharing more information about this new machine, so exciting.

  2. Thank you Jennifer! Soooo want to purchase the Joy but did not know much about it. Waiting for your next video?

    1. Yes, the Joy requires a different cutting blade than an Explore or Maker, Diana! If your Joy is no longer cutting, make sure that you have the blade seated correctly in the housing, and the housing is placed properly in the Joy. If you’ve done those things and it still isn’t cutting, then call Cricut Customer Care and they’ll help you out!

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