Cricut Joy

Everything You Need to Know about Cricut Joy™

February 12th, 2020 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Meet Cricut Joy, your new DIY best friend.

We’re proud to announce the launch of Cricut Joy, our newest, compact smart cutting machine available starting March 1st, 2020! While it’s been years in the making, it’s 100% worth the wait. It’s the perfect companion to any full-size cutting machine and a great way to dip your toe into DIY.

Once you get your hands on this sleek machine, you’ll no doubt be surprised that you can hold it in the palm of one hand! Its compact design might make you want to keep it displayed on your counter, but it packs away easily and sets up instantly so you can use it on command.

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Cricut Joy cuts, writes, and draws for you so you can bring happiness to practical, everyday projects – from organizing your entire home to putting your personal touch on almost anything. 

With Cricut Joy at the ready, you’ll find endless excuses to personalize, organize, and customize every single day. That’s right, we bet you’ll step away from your inspiration boards to actually start making.

Cut popular materials perfectly.

So long, scissors! Cricut Joy cuts 50+ popular crafting materials, including vinyl, cardstock, iron-on, paper – even materials you already have at home like construction paper.

Now, it’s no biggie to make decals, cupcake toppers, cards, gift tags, school projects, sport’s team T-shirts, custom decor, and so much more.

And yes, the rumors are true: Cricut Joy cuts all-new Smart Materials™ – that means super-easy cuts WITHOUT A CUTTING MAT! More on that further down.

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Now you can pen a monogram, inscribe an invitation, or label just about anything with perfect penmanship. Without lifting a finger. If calligraphy is your calling, go ahead and do you. But for the rest of us, we’ll let Cricut Joy take it from here.

It’s like having your own personal scribe at your side. Pick a pen or marker, choose your font, and watch Cricut Joy customize labels, cards, paper and more.

Introducing Smart Materials.

Smart Materials

Drum roll, please! Unlike other materials, Smart Materials don’t need a cutting mat, so you can just load and go. Sensors measure your material to ensure it’s large enough for your project, then your machine starts cutting. No cutting mats needed!


Smart Materials

You can use Smart Materials to cut continuous shapes up to 4 ft and repeated cuts up to 20 ft* (like stars, hearts, or confetti) making it easy to decorate entire rooms in no time. It’s such a time saver not having to babysit your machine to swap out mats.

*Maximum cut length requires Smart Vinyl™, 20 ft. in Black or White.

We can’t wait to try them all, including:

Smart Vinyl™ Permanent & Smart Vinyl™ Removable

Smart Iron-On™ 

Smart Label™ Vinyl

Smart Label Paper

Cricut Joy is the perfect companion machine to Cricut Maker® or Cricut Explore Air™ 2. For last-minute cards, labels, and decals, Cricut Joy is your go-to.

For projects with wider images or materials that need a bit more cutting power, like leather and fabrics, you’ll make that magic with your full-size machine.

Cricut Joy tools & accessories.

Here’s everything you need to know about the tools & accessories made to fit this pint-size powerhouse:

Cricut Joy Blade + Housing (included)

Breeze through DIY projects with this all-purpose blade + housing. This duo comes with the machine, but it’s always nice to have a Replacement Blade on hand, just in case.

Cricut Joy Card Mat  (sold separately)

This newly designed mat makes it fast and easy to create custom cards in minutes using pre-scored Cricut Joy Insert Cards .

Cricut Joy StandardGrip Mat

Available in 8.5” and 12” lengths, use this reusable mat to secure new Adhesive-Backed Deluxe Paper, Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets, and heavy cardstock.

Cricut Joy LightGrip Mat

With its softer release adhesive, this reusable mat is your go-to for everyday paper items you may already have at home like copy paper and light cardstock.

Cricut Joy Pens & Markers

Available in a variety of line weights and styles, use these tools in your Cricut Joy machine to write on cards, new Smart Label Vinyl & Paper, Adhesive-Backed Deluxe Paper, and more.

Cricut Joy Tote

With a padded interior for protection and custom pockets to keep you organized, use this beautiful bag to transport your Cricut Joy machine with you so you’re always ready when creativity hits.

Cricut Joy Starter Tool Set

Make Cricut Joy projects even easier with these 3 must-have tools: Spatula, Weeder, and Scraper.

Cricut Joy is available in stores and online everywhere starting March 1, 2020. Share what you will create with your new Cricut Joy by commenting below! We can’t wait to see what you make. #cricutjoy



Cricut Joy tools & accessories.

Do you have more questions about Cricut Joy?  Check out our FAQs.

15 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know about Cricut Joy™

  1. I was wondering if you can make custom stencils for glass etching. Reusable or one time only. What accessories would I need?
    Thank you
    Mary Ann

  2. Hi I am a cake designer and want to make cake toppers as an extra for my clients. Can I do this with a Cricut Joy?

  3. I am returning to scrapbooking after some years away from it. I had the original cricut that used cartridges for fonts and small designs. I’m also retiring and don’t think I am ready to make big time projects. So. …is this little jewel what I need. Right now I just want to get my grandchildren’s many photos in projects so they will have them when I’m gone. Is this the right choice or should I be looking for something that just does letters/words? Thanks.

    • Hi Ruthanne,

      Now, the cartridge images are conveniently accessible in Design Space! There are many letter/word images in Design Space as well. Depending on the materials you will be cutting for your projects, Cricut Joy could be the right machine. Cricut Joy cuts all the popular materials, but if you’d like to learn more, please find a list of qualified materials here. Please also check out the Which Cricut Smart Cutting Machines are Right for You? post.

  4. Hi, I wrote a few minutes ago but am not sure you have received my question. I would like to buy the Cricut Joy but am not sure it will work on my android system on my tablet or Samsung mobile phone. Can it work on an android system?

    • Hi MaKenzie,

      Yes, Cricut Joy is able to cut heat-transfer vinyl such as Cricut Iron-On and Smart Iron-On for apparel decoration as well as vinyl and Smart Vinyl for decals. For a full list of qualified materials, please see this list.

  5. Do you have to have the bigger Cricut for it work? It’s called the perfect companion machine. Or can you just use the joy?

    • Hi Bethny,

      You do not need another machine for Cricut Joy to function. Cricut Joy works wonderfully without the aid of other machines, and, in addition, is a great companion machine if you do have another machine.

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