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Bamboo Organizer




  • Small bamboo steamer
  • P-touch labeler
  • Wood-burning tool with tapered tip point
  • Circle cutter
  • Thin paper (for liner)


  1. Step 1

    Create clear P-touch label with name of office supplies you wish to organize. Affix label to side of steamer.

  2. Step 2

    Using the wood-burning tool with a tapered tip point, burn tiny dots over the writing on the label.

  3. Step 3

    Peel off label to reveal word.

  4. Step 4

    Use a circle cutter to cut a paper liner to fit the inside of the steamer.

  5. Step 5

    Place liner inside steamer. Fill steamer with small office supplies.

The Martha Stewart Show, September 2006



Reviews (28)

  • dawnreneesreaders 28 May, 2013

    I love this idea.I have always been interested in things like this.By the way you can also purchase these used sometimes for vary cheap from your local goodwills.Or retail shops like salvation army.

  • kkaz2006 6 Aug, 2009

    Now THIS is a great suggestion!!!

  • b4uv1 17 Aug, 2008

    For those wishing to unsubscribe go into your account on the site and uncheck the boxes for the emails you no longer want, then click save/submit and that should take care of it. Hope this helps.

  • holistica 17 Aug, 2008

    I love this idea and will use it to store hair clips, guest soaps, and other small items in the bathroom. I enjoy these daily emails and the 'save' feature on the website. With a click of the button, I can manage ideas I like online, instead of managing the clutter o cut pages from magazines. If I receive an email with an idea I have seen before, I just delete it.

  • Tinadealy 17 Aug, 2008

    These things are also not made of plastic, which is better for the enviroment. You can find the steamers at most "ethnic food stores". I am going to do this one myself for my office and the kitchen.

  • smcandrew 17 Aug, 2008

    This is a great idea!! These steamers also usually available at Asian grocery stores (typically for a much better price than other places) if you happen to live near one - worth checking out. I can see gazillions of uses - from pens and such, to my daughters myriad hair rubber bands and tiny barettes...

  • Mel61 17 Aug, 2008

    I love this idea. I have one in my bathroom for all my make-up and my daughter has one on her dresser that she stained for all her jewelry. Makes life sooo much more organized!

  • CMF 17 Aug, 2008

    What a great idea. As always clever Martha!!

  • emmakrazy 17 Aug, 2008

    I love this Idea! It is very organic looking and it is a perfect bathroom storage idea, great gift box too. thanks Martha

  • miracledebtor 17 Aug, 2008

    'shame you guys want to unsubscibe from the emails..maybe you shouldn't have signed up in the first place. You should have expected Martha's site to be crafty and ingenious.

    To get to the steamers, perhaps scrapbooking letters on Large steamers could do the labeling of the larger steamers. Some nice scrapbooking words and lettering out there to labe these with. Then if they must be permanently adhered, simply polyurethane over them like wood.

  • moirakathleen 8 Aug, 2008

    I too have followed all the directions to unsubscribe me from MS newsletters - all to no avail. It seems like once she's got you, she doesn't let you go!

  • kitchenwhich 14 Jun, 2008

    In the email that alerts you to the link, there's an unsubscribe link. Hope this helps!

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  • chefhades 9 May, 2008

    i have no idea how to contact the webhost about cancelling my newsletter subscription. is anyone else finding that you are unable to unsubscribe from any of this stuff? this website is annoying and i'm tired of not being able to unsubscribe from it!

  • pgkellyd 8 May, 2008

    first time i have seen this idea. looks like a nice idea for beginners like me!

  • frannikenna 1 May, 2008

    psullivan, what may be old to you is new to me....I'm new to the site and just
    wondedr at all the wonderful ideas. If you don't have anything good to say, say nothing!

  • Pansyplaid 1 May, 2008
    This is the link that should take you to the steamers.

  • bunnyandrosie 30 Apr, 2008

    I just went on to her source and could not find them there. I love this idea.

  • teestayovahea 30 Apr, 2008

    Aloha! I completely LOVE this idea and agree about also using this idea in the kitchen. Hopefully I can fins the time to do this one soon! :-)

  • geekygrandma 30 Apr, 2008

    These would be really cute in the kitchen for tea bags, small packets of sugar or artificial sweetener, drink mixes, etc., and probably be better than clear containers as the products inside would be protected from light.

  • 1Toffy 30 Apr, 2008

    Whether this is a new or old idea, it is a good one and reasonably priced for everyone, and simple for all to do. I probably wouldn't use my woodburning tool, but my labeling machine for sure. I might decorate them with my dried flower petals. Would make a great gift too.And to those folks that continue commenting with mean spirited attacks about the crafts submitted to this site. Smile and shake your head and don't bother adding a comment.

  • msmay 30 Apr, 2008

    Ideal gift for the person who wants what no one else has... I'm going to make some for my desk... unique

  • 1Toffy 30 Apr, 2008

    Humm a 4"-2tier steamer only 4.50, makes good cheap storage. Great idea for small stuff, or sewing goodies. Another Good one for you Martha.

  • dcrow214 30 Apr, 2008

    seems a bit of a waste of a good steamer.

  • pammydonna 30 Apr, 2008

    Great idea for a steamer that's been tucked in the back of the cupboards so long.

  • juliehrr 30 Apr, 2008

    Cool! I've never seen this idea for storage, and love it!

  • wduke2 30 Apr, 2008

    Good ideas don't go out of style. These are smart and classic. I would probably use the rub on letters and seal them with a matte finish instead of popping for the wood burner. It would look the same pretty much. and be cheaper.

  • scatteredscrapper 7 Mar, 2008

    Love this idea for my scrapbook room! Thanks. It would be perfect for my small embellishments and very cute on the bookshelf,