Craft a Colonial Water Cooler
Not everything from the "lost colony" of Roanoke Island was lost—letters, drawings, and journals tell something of how the North Carolina colonists lived before they disappeared. Illustrations by colonist John White show bottle gourds growing in Roanoke gardens, which were used as "water coolers." Turn a craft gourd into a natural "water cooler" that works just as well today as it did in the 16th century.
You can find lagenaria siceraria, or bottle gourds, online. This craft calls for two gourds, but consider ordering an extra one in case one breaks. Look for one gourd with a melon-sized bowl and narrow neck, and another with a larger neck that will fit over the neck of the first gourd. If you shop in person, choose gourds that are dry but not brittle.