We have this pottery water dispenser from back when we used bottled water. (for shame!) We now sink fill it each morning so Dotty can get her own drinks. Without the 5 gallon jug on top there wasn't a way to keep it covered. We used square cloth napkins and the girls sewed beads around the edges to help them stay in place. (We had doilies similar to this covering water pitchers at the Montessori school where I worked.) Problem solved!