If you use your Cricut Machine regularly then you need to know about these Cricut Joy Machine Accessories! Here are some of the must-have tools and materials to take your vinyl projects, paper crafts and other projects to the next level! We have compiled the ultimate list of must-haves for getting started.
Cricut Machines are one of the most popular crafting tools out there- and for good reason! There are so many ways to use these new machines and so many projects to be made. Cricut crafts can be a wonderful outlet personally and professionally. But the first thing you should do is make sure you have all the tools and accessories to get started.
Don’t fret if you can’t accumulate everything right away. You can easily gather accessories over time- and doing so is a great way to discover what you really need! There are a lot of different projects that require different tools. Cricut Joy materials are amazing and can really help you up your Cricut crafting game.
Keep reading to learn more about the best Cricut Joy Accessories for your Cricut Maker Machines
Where can you buy Cricut Joy Accesories?
You can find several of these best sellers on the Cricut website as well as other retailers. Here are a few places to always check:
- Cricut.com – This is always going to be the most legitimate place to buy supplies since it’s directly from Cricut. They have deals nearly every week (which we share in our emails!)
- Amazon – I find the most variability in prices here. You can also find “off brand” materials that might work as well.
- Joann Fabric
- Hobby Lobby
Keep in mind that at stores like Joann and Michael’s, you cannot use store coupons on Cricut supplies and materials. However, they often have some really good sales on accessories, so make sure you check those regularly. If you shop online, signup for Rakuten for some great cashback!
Top Cricut Joy Supplies and Accessories
You can use your Joy machine without a mat when using Smart Vinyl Materials made for your machine. But if you want to use other types of material such as cardstock or regular vinyl, you’ll need a machine mat.
There are different types of mats to consider.
Each of these mats come in the 4.5″x12″ and 4.5×6.5″ sizes. Personally, I always go with the longer-sized mats if I’m on a budget.
Both are wonderful Cricut mats that work well for Cricut beginners. If you can only get one new mat I would recommend first getting the standard grip mat as it is more versatile. The light grip mat is better used for delicate materials.
There are several off-brands on Amazon that have great reviews and will save you some money.
You can make your mats last longer with these tips – How to Clean Your Cricut Mat with Baby Wipes (Plus 2 Other Methods)
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https://amzn.to/3sD3lu2The Insert Card Mat is the perfect companion because it allows you to have the ability to make professional-looking greeting cards, thank you cards, and more!
And it can be done in less time than you think! Because of its thick plastic sleeve, your machine will be able to cut the top half of the card, leaving the bottom half untouched.
The Basic Tool Set is one of those Cricut accessories that you need to have! The tools included are made to make slice, snip, score, weed, burnish, and trim a wide variety of materials. The toolset will be helpful for all your vinyl, paper and iron-on projects. Trust me- the weeding tool will become a life saver. It is probably one of my most used accessories.
There is a Cricut Joy Starter Set, which includes a spatula, scraper, and weeding tool in the Cricut Joy turquoise color. However, I personally like the basic toolset listed above more. It provides more bang for your buck (and I love those Cricut scissors!)
While we love the Cricut Joy pens, you may want to experiment with different types of pens. This Cricut Joy pen adapter set is really inexpensive, and it can really expand the types of pens that you can use. It works with the Sharpie fine point pens, Ultra Fine Point Markers, and Art Pens.
The portable trimmer makes cutting straight lines super quick and easy to help you trim your materials to perfectly fit your Joy Machine mats. so you can quickly trim your materials to fit on your Joy machine mats.
If you are using other material than Smart Vinyl (which fits perfectly in your Cricut Joy) than you will definitely find the portable trimmer to come in handy as it can help you trim vinyl to fit in this smaller machine.
One of my favorite things about the Cricut Joy is how easily it can write as well as it can cut. The first thing to consider is finding the right Cricut pens that will fit in the Joy tool clamp. There are SO many different kinds of Cricut Joy pens available:
These are all available in a variety of colors and sizes.
While you can live without a Cricut Machine tote– it does make life easier to have one. It is the perfect way to carry your machine and it makes it so easy to carry everything you need to have- especially on the fly. Since the Cricut Joy is such a portable machine, it only makes sense to have this tote.
It’s high-quality and durable. I really love mine! However, if this is a bit simple for your tastes, here are a couple of off-brand carrying cases that have fantastic reviews. They can carry a lot of accessories – some of them even can carry the EasyPress Mini!
There is a Cricut Easy Press Mini and the original sized Cricut Easy Press. This is one smart iron tool that will come in handy and I would highly recommend especially if you are using vinyl frequently for different projects. Using an easy press takes the guesswork out for you- easily adjusting the time and temperature for each project. It has the convenience of an iron but it much more handy and yields faster more efficient results.
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For the EasyPress mini, if it’s under $50 – buy it! For the original EasyPress, anything under $120 is good, though I have seen it drop below $100.
Learn more about the EasyPress:
- The Ultimate EasyPress Guide & FAQs
- The Ultimate Guide to Cricut EasyPress Settings
- Cricut EasyPress vs Heat Press vs Iron: The Ultimate Showdown
- The Cricut EasyPress Mini: Everything You Wanted to Know
In my opinion, the ability to make cards with the Cricut Joy is one of its best features. Cricut has a variety of insert card kits that make it even easier to make cards. You might find different card inserts from different retailers and for different seasons.
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Cricut Joy Smart Vinyl
Most crafters love to use Smart Vinyl because it works well without a mat and you can just load and go! Perfect for on-the-go quick projects like creating delicate decals for your water bottle or custom decals for school projects, to sell or for your own personal use. Smart materials can be such a little powerhouse when it comes to Cricut tools that you need to know about.
They offer a variety of different styles and types of Smart Vinyl, including:
- Removable Adhesive
- Permanent Adhesive
- Iron on
And these are available in various colors, styles (such as patterned and glitter), etc. I have been really impressed with the smart vinyl!
A roll of this writable vinyl works without a cutting mat and you can write directly on this vinyl using Cricut Joy Pens & Markers or even by hand. You can easily cut your labels to the perfect size and shape and then you can do the weeding process without transfer tape!
Labels are one of the best parts of the Cricut Joy, so make sure you stock up on this! They also have writable paper vinyl if kraft paper is more your style!
The Cricut Joy is a versatile and convenient machine for crafting. If you want to take your creativity up a notch, then get more creative with these must-have accessories that we’ve provided in this blog post! Don’t forget to share it on Facebook or Pinterest so all of your friends can enjoy these amazing craft ideas too!
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Cindy Maudsley lives in Utah with her husband and three young daughters. Aside from writing, her passions include her family, faith, and spreading infertility awareness. She also loves a good book, Netflix binge, diet Coke and Target run
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