Cricut Joy – getting started

If you have a new Cricut Joy, you may find this article helpful to get started. Emma Jewell takes us through everything you need to know, right from taking it out of the box to making your first project.

In the box you will find your Cricut Joy machine with the blade ready loaded, a power cable, a mat and a pen. You will also find some sample materials to practice with.

To get started with Cricut Joy, you will need to download and open Design Space to register your machine. You can download the app to your desktop here, and to your phone, mobile device or tablet by visiting the app store (for iOS devices) or Google Play Store (for Android devices) where you usually find your apps.

Remember you don’t have to have a Cricut machine to download Design Space. You can create a profile, save some designs and get to know your way around the app before you open your machine if you want to.

At the setup screen select ‘Smart Cutting Machine’ and then ‘Cricut Joy’. Simply follow the prompts and then plug in the power cord to turn the machine on. You will notice that there aren’t any buttons on the machine; everything is controlled through the Design Space or Cricut Joy app.

You will also notice there are no cables between Cricut Joy and the device you’re using Design Space on, instead, the connection is via Bluetooth. Follow the prompts in the setup to connect your machine and device.

You’re now ready to make a test cut. You will see six images to choose from, simply click on your favourite to select it and click ‘next’. The next few prompts will make sure the blade is correctly installed, the material you want to cut is loaded and that you’re ready to create.

To load the material, take the piece of Smart Vinyl that came in the box and slide it under the two white guides on the machine. You’ll notice that the machine will detect the material and start to load it. It will measure the material to make sure you have enough for the cut on the project you’re going to make.

Click ‘Go’ on your screen when you’re ready to cut and sit back as the machine does all the work.

Once the Cricut Joy has completed its cut the screen will change and tell you ‘Test Cut Complete!’. Click ‘next’ and then ‘unload’ to remove the vinyl from the machine.

Now you need to weed away your excess vinyl…that’s the bits that you’re not going to need on your design. A weeding tool can help you start to peel back the excess.

Once you have your finished cut you can place it onto your object. This can be a mug, notebook, waterbottle or any hard surface you want to place your decal.

Enjoy creating with your Cricut Joy.

Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag #CricutCreated in your post.

You may also find this post about the Cricut Joy app helpful.


Discover the Cricut Joy app

Designed especially for the Cricut Joy machine, this new companion app makes popular DIY projects quicker and easier than ever. Think simple, single-material projects like cards, labels, stickers, and iron-on transfers – fun, functional projects that take 15 minutes or less.  

In this video Emma Jewell shows you how to use the Cricut Joy app or you can read about the app, its features, and see the FAQs below.

Cricut Joy owners who want a radically simplified making experience for some of the most popular DIY projects will love the Cricut Joy app. With a guided design experience and simple controls, you can make cards, custom labels, stickers, and much more in just a few taps. Design Space is still your go-to for advanced design features or to create with multiple materials and layers. 

The Cricut Joy app is free to download, and for a limited time, all fonts and images in the Cricut Joy app are free to use. 

What can you make?

Insert Cards

Create the perfect card at a moment’s notice. Choose a design and play with contrasting colours to make it special. Then tell Cricut Joy to make it!

Quick Labels

Make labels for spice jars, organise your kitchen cupboards, school supplies, office, and more. Just select one of the professionally-designed label styles, size it, add text, choose a font and colour, then prompt your Cricut Joy to cut or draw. 

Vinyl Stickers & Decals

Decorate water bottles, notebooks, electronics, windows, walls…you name it. Choose from a library of ready-to-use images, prompt your Cricut Joy to cut your design, then peel and stick! It’s that easy. 

Iron-On & Infusible Ink Heat Transfers

Design your own t-shirts, tote bags, or whatever you dream up. Find an image, type out text, or create a design that uses both. Prompt Cricut Joy to cut or draw, then follow the instructions to complete the heat transfer. 


Make simple but spectacular gift tags, cupcake toppers, party place cards, and more. Design, cut, and assemble in just a few steps. 

Cricut Joy app top FAQs

Will Cricut Joy still work with Design Space? 

Yes! Design Space is still your go-to for more complex projects that use multiple layers, colours, and/or materials. 

Can I use Cricut Joy app to make Cricut Insert Cards? 

Yes! Download the app and try it now.

Is Cricut Joy app available in multiple languages?   

At this time, Cricut Joy app is available in English only.   

Will Cricut Joy app be available for Android?  

At this time, Cricut Joy app is only available for iOS. It will be available for Android in the near future.

Can I upload my own images or fonts?  

Currently you cannot upload your own images and fonts to Cricut Joy app. To upload and create with your own images, use Design Space. 

What kinds of content will I find in Cricut Joy app?   

All single layer Cricut Access content is available in Cricut Joy app. Single layer content is cut from a single sheet of material. You’ll also have access to a large library of fonts, including a selection of compatible iOS fonts from your iPhone. 

Can I save projects in Cricut Joy app?  

Cricut Joy app will auto-save projects as you design them. Whenever you exit a project, you will get a prompt to save the project to My Stuff. Access your saved projects from Home > My Stuff. 

Can I access my Design Space projects in Cricut Joy app and vice versa?   

No. Design Space and the Cricut Joy app are separate and distinct experiences. You cannot save a project in one and access it from the other.  

Can I make projects with multiple layers in the Cricut Joy app?  

Cricut Joy app is for single-layer/single-material designs. For more complex projects that require multiple layers, colours, and/or materials, use Design Space.  

Can I share my projects with other members of the Cricut community?  

Currently, you cannot share projects in Cricut Joy app.    

New to Cricut?   

Welcome! To use this companion Cricut Joy app, first activate your new machine at Then, head over to the Apple App Store and download Cricut Joy app.  This blog post explains everything you need to know about getting started with Cricut Joy.

Where do I download Cricut Joy app? 

You can download the app onto your iOS device HERE.


10 Last minute Christmas gifts to make on your Cricut

We’re going to let you in on a secret….the perfect personalised gift does not need to cost a fortune, or take an age. We’ve rounded up 10 last-minute gifts you can make using your Cricut machine!

These 10 easy ideas will bring your gift game up from last minute thrown-in-the-trolley to next level handmade, personalised, thoughtful gifts.

From teens to the office secret Santa there’s something for everyone on your list!

T-Shirts you can’t buy

Create a one of a kind T-shirt that they will love! Perfect for hard to buy for teens, pop an image or quote onto a blank t-shirt for instant brownie points!

Cricut designed T shirt with a bee

Bee Kind T’Shirt:

One of a kind jewellery

Create unique jewellery with a handmade touch, using faux leather and Iron-on. Make a matching set to gift to the ladies in your life.

Leather jewellery with foil iron on

Leopard Print Leather Jewellery:

Make a note with paper based gifts

Stationery lovers will adore this handmade notebook! Personalise with their initials for an extra special touch.

Personalised notebooks

Tear Away Notebook:

Socks don’t have to be boring!

Level up the obligatory sock gift by adding some Iron-on to turn them into a more personalised gift!

Customised Cricut socks

Hippie Bus Socks:

In the frame

Framed wall art is a lovely gift to give to share memories with friends. Why not add the skyline of a favourite destination using vinyl to create a gift that will be hung up for all to see?

Cricut Framed project

Cityscape Art:

The perfect gift is in the bag

Everyone needs a tote bag, be it a ballet bag, a shopping bag, a book bag – it’s an easily personalised gift for all ages that will be put to good use! This would make an ideal gift for teachers this Christmas too.

Cricut personalised tote bag

Dancer Tote Bag:

Mugs made special

Add a sassy quote in vinyl to a plain mug and make a coffee (or tea!) lover’s Christmas!

Customised Cricut coffee cup

Stay Up Late Mug:

Coaster set and match

Use Cricut Infusible Ink to create a ceramic coaster set that matches their décor! A perfect stocking filler, that will become the talk of their coffee table!

Constellation Coasters

Constellation Coasters:

Make it up!

A personalised make-up bag always goes down a treat. Add a favourite book or movie quote, initials or song lyrics for a gift that your whole girl gang will adore!

Make Up Bag with Cricut Infusible Ink

Jane Austen Titles Cosmetic Bag:

The key to the perfect gift

These keyrings look ultra-luxe but are so simple to make and are easily whipped up with a sheet of leather and a keyring.

Cricut Bag Tassel

Leather Tassel Key Chain:


Gift wrap ideas using Cricut machines and tools

We’ve rounded up 10 ideas to take your gift wrap game to the next level. From gift boxes to tags, you’ll be sure to impress with these makes. Whether you want to make even the most ‘practical’ present special, or want to do your handmade gift justice, these ideas will be the perfect finishing touch.

  1. 3D Gem Boxes

Perfect for awkward to wrap little gifts, these gem shaped gift boxes will make everyone feel extra special! 

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3D Gem Gift Boxes:

  1. Diamond Topped Gifts

Make your wrapping extra special this year by topping with diamonds, paper diamonds of course! 

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Diamond Topped Gifts:

  1. Fun Gift Tags

These fun gift tags will have everyone giggling around the tree! 

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Zooey Deschanel’s Holiday Gift Tags:

  1. Foiled Gift Card Holder

For that extra special touch, create a lovely foiled wallet to give your gift cards in this year.  

Honeycomb Gift Card Pocket:

  1. Jolly Wine Bag

Jazz up that last-minute bottle of wine with a festive bottle bag! 

Let’s Get Jolly Beverage Bag:

  1. Car Gift Tag

Craft the cutest tag with cardstock and a Cricut pen! 

Tree Trip Tag:

7. Hot Chocolate Jar 

Create a jar full of everything needed for the perfect hot chocolate and customise with a cute label- a perfect stocking filler! 

Gingerbread Mix Jar:

8.Yeti Gift Card Holder

This yeti is the perfect guardian for all gift cards, and he can be hung on the tree! 

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Yeti Gift Card Ornament:

  1. Snowflake Gift Topper

Add a magical glittery 3D snowflake to the top of your gifts instead of bows this year! 

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3D Snowflake Gift Topper:

  1. Gingerbread House Gift Box 

A gift that looks good enough to eat! This gingerbread house is the perfect gift box for storing hand-baked treats. 

Gingerbread House Gift Box:

We hope you feel inspired by our Cricut gift wrap ideas round up! We’d love to see your own creations – just tag @officialcricut_uk on Instagram & Cricut Europe on Facebook! 


Christmas Wish List

Give the perfect gift to the Cricut lover in your life! We’ve curated some of our favourite Cricut products we know any Cricut user will adore. Shop for stocking fillers, big treats or by machine and make your Cricut lover’s day! 

Why not leave this page open for your family to see as a hint for what’s on your Christmas wish list?!

Stocking fillers 

XL scraper

This jumbo-sized Cricut Scraper quickly cleans cutting mats and applies larger projects to surfaces with ease. Ideal for working with vinyl and cleaning your cutting mats and other surfaces.  

Pen pack

Give your projects that special touch with fine, detailed lines. Write and draw all the letters, shapes, and phrases your machine can cut.  

True Control Knife 

The perfect companion for all crafters. Enjoy better control for beautiful results on a wide variety of materials, including paper, cardstock, thin plastics, canvas, fabrics, and more. 

Scoring Stylus 

The Scoring Stylus works with both Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker machines to score fold lines for cards and envelopes, boxes, 3D projects, and more. The Scoring Stylus is used in clamp A allowing the machine to score and then cut in the same pass, without having to change the blades.

It can also be used manually, like a traditional scoring tool.

Iron-On Vinyl 

Everyday Iron-On with StrongBond Guarantee works fabulously with the widest variety of base materials, including wood! Use one colour or layer up to three for standout patterns and projects. For use with all Cricut cutting machines. For a flawless iron-on application, use Cricut EasyPress. 


Every project goes smoothly when you use Permanent Premium Vinyl. Cut your design, weed with ease, and apply. Water-resistant and UV-resistant, Permanent Premium Vinyl lasts up to three years, even in the great outdoors. For use with all Cricut cutting machines. 


Eliminate every last wrinkle, kink, bubble, and pucker with ease. The brayer allows you to firmly adhere materials to your cutting mat and is perfect for pressing down fabric, vinyl, or iron-on, as well as inking blocks for printmaking.  It’s the tool you didn’t know you needed until you have one, and then you wonder how you ever crafted without it!

Tool Organiser

Keep your Cricut tool housings and QuickSwap tips safe, organised, and easily accessible in this sleek tool holder. Not only does this handy organiser keep your table tidy, but it also limits the wear and tear that comes from your tools rolling around in a drawer. Custom slots in the upper compartment fit up to 10 Cricut tool housings. The bottom compartment holds up to 9 QuickSwap tips. 

Transfer Tape

Transfer your custom vinyl cuts to a variety of surfaces with ease and precision. This specially designed transfer tape is made for most vinyl types. For use with all Cricut cutting machines. Use Strong Grip Transfer Tape for glitter and shimmer vinyl.

Big Treats 


Cricut BrightPad is the brilliant crafting companion that illuminates projects for easier crafting and reduced eye strain. Use it for tracing, weeding, quilting, and more. It’s light, thin, and durable for comfort and portability. With its ultralow profile, you can trace sitting at a table or in your favourite chair. When weeding vinyl or iron-on, your design will be beautifully illuminated for quick and easy work.  

EasyPress Mini 

Cricut EasyPress Mini makes professional heat-transfer results possible for even your most shapely objects and projects, including baby shoes, hats, stuffed animals, and more. Three simple heat settings take on every possible heat-transfer project, including permanent Infusible Ink transfers that become one with the base material.

Cricut EasyPress Mini effortlessly glides over oddly shaped surfaces to transfer your design. It’s lightweight, portable, easy to store, and compatible with major brands of HTV, iron-on, and the entire Infusible Ink family of products. It’s a perfect compliment to any Cricut cutting machine.  

Foil Transfer Tool 

Make your projects shine with stunning foil accents – think cards, invitations, gift boxes & more. This unique, pressure-activated tool gives you pro-level, polished results that last. It is three tools in one with interchangeable fine, medium and bold tips. With 12 Foil Transfer Sheets included, you’ll have everything you need to make like a master right out of the box.  

Infusible Ink Pen Pack

Infusible Ink pens allow you to transfer drawn designs onto any compatible Infusible Ink blank and the 30 pen pack is the ideal stash booster.

Draw intricate designs freehand or use your Cricut Maker or Explore machine to draw or write your custom design on plain laser copy paper. The results are bright, beautiful, seamlessly smooth transfers that never flake, peel, wrinkle, or crack! 

Infusible Ink pens are also available for Cricut Joy.

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Card Mat 

Customise cards in minutes with this handy reusable Card Mat. Designed to work perfectly with all Cricut Joy cards, including Insert Cards. You can personalise last-minute birthday cards, thoughtful thank you notes, or event invites in a flash. For use with Cricut Joy machines only.  

Insert cards 

Quick, personalised greeting cards with big impact are at your fingertips with Insert Cards for your Cricut Joy cutting machine. The ingenious glue-free design allows for two-tone, depth-filled cards without mess or hassle. Cut intricate and meaningful words and images into the face of the card to let the beautiful insert colour show through. These A2-size cards include white envelopes and come in a bounty of colours to please every card recipient on your list! For use with Cricut Joy. Requires Cricut Joy Card Mat. 

Glitter Gel Pen Set 

Add an extra-special touch to written or drawn projects small and large with these three complimentary hues. The eye-catching sparkle and silky gel enhance every project. Write flawless messages or phrases and draw intricate designs with a click. Add to cards, paper crafts, decor, and more, or draw perfect shapes and stunning colouring pages. For use with Cricut Joy. 

Smart Iron-On 

Wear your creativity on your sleeve, your pocket, or your Jumper with Smart Iron-On. This clever crafting material works without a cutting mat, so you can just load and go. So, adding a little personality to a T-shirt, jean jacket, or a backpack is easy. Smart Iron-On works fabulously on a wide variety of materials. For use with Cricut Joy.

Joy Tote Bag

Take your Cricut Joy machine with you and be ready when creativity hits. You never know when you’ll need to throw a labelling party to organise your bestie’s kitchen, take it to your kids’ classroom, or bring it to the office to make a birthday card.

With a padded interior for protection and custom pockets to keep you organised, it’s easy to bring happiness everywhere you go with your Cricut Joy machine in tow. For use with Cricut Joy machines only. 

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Variety Pack of Mats 

Cover all your cutting needs with this variety pack of machine mats, which covers a wide range of cutting materials, from delicate paper to heavier specialty cardstock, vinyl, iron-on, and more. As the interface between your material and your Cricut machine, each reusable mat holds your material in place as it is cut and makes it easy to cleanly remove finished pieces once a cut is complete.

Each mat is formulated to ensure the best possible adhesion and the longest possible life. For use with Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore cutting machines. 

Use the LightGrip Mat for standard paper, light cardstock, and vellum; StandardGrip for heavy cardstock, iron-on, and vinyl; StrongGrip for specialty cardstock, matboard, backed fabric, and more. 

30 Pen Pack 

Express yourself with every colour in the rainbow with the Cricut Ultimate Pen Set! There are 30 fine-point pens for beautiful writing and drawing with your Cricut Explore machine. Personalise cards or invites with a handwritten font in a perfect hue; draw gorgeous, elaborate colouring pages for both adults and children; and add phrases to framed art or scrapbook pages. You can even cut and write or draw all in one step.  

Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets 

Achieve professional-level, personalised transfers on T-shirts and more at home for the first time with these ready-to-cut sheets in a wide variety of complimentary patterns. Use them with your Cricut cutting machine to personalise any compatible Infusible Ink blank with a name, a logo, an inside joke, or a favourite quote!  

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Engraving Tool 

Make a lasting impression with Cricut Engraving Tip. To get professional-looking results, just snap this tip onto the QuickSwap Housing and tell your Cricut Maker to “Go!” Watch with awe as you write personalised text or create monograms, draw decorative flourishes and embellishments, or inscribe your favourite quotes on a keepsake.

For an eye-catching effect, engrave Cricut Aluminium Sheets or anodised Aluminium to reveal the silver beneath. For use with Cricut Maker machines.  

Scoring Wheel Combo Pack

This combo pack includes two professional-quality scoring wheels that give you extra-deep score lines and a flawless finish on every day and specialty material projects. From flawlessly finished tags, cards, and gift boxes to jaw-dropping wearable art, 3D home decor, structures, and more, you’ll bring pro-level precision to every possible score-and-fold project.

Get crisp creases in one pass, make perfect, effortless folds and with up to 10 times more pressure than the Scoring Stylus, the patented wheel design takes on thin, thick, and even coated paper materials with ease. Includes Scoring and Double Scoring Wheel Tips and QuickSwap Housing for interchangeable tool use. 


Denser than balsa wood, basswood has a smooth, even wood grain – an ideal surface for clean cuts to craft models, toys, puzzles, or even small gift crates. It can be painted and stained easily without having to seal it first. For use with Cricut Maker only and requires a Knife Blade.