Bamboo Steamer Shelf

Bamboo steamers aren't just for dumplings and dim sum. With a few easy steps you can turn this kitchen tool into a nifty little shelf. It's a great way to organize and display smaller items around your desk or sewing machine. And no one will ever guess its original use!

Materials & Tools

  • 18-inch bamboo steamer 
  • Drill with 1⁄2 inch bit
  • 3 pieces of pine for shelves (size depends on your desired placement)
  • Wood glue or painter’s masking tape
  • 6 5/8 inch screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Pen
  • 1⁄2 inch cotton or nylon rope



  • Make a few steamer shelves in various sizes and hang them together for a beautiful display.
  • Consider painting the pine shelves different colors (before assembly) to add a pop of color.
  • Gold leaf would also add a nice sparkle.