I went to the Dollar Tree and bought one black crow (I usually rummage through the box to find the best looking ones~some of them at my dollar tree looked pretty sad! I like the ones with their heads cocked to the side)
I bought one 9 1/2" tall glass vase
and one candle pillar base...
You will also need a rock or a block of wood that will fit under the vase after it is turned upside down.
Step 1: I took the cardboard base and tag off the crow. Then I cut off the wires that were keeping him attached to the cardboard (just bend them back and forth a few times and they will break, or use wire cutters)
Step 2: I centered the crow on the rock and hot glued his feet to it.
Step 3: I typed the words "Specimen No. 11" in microsoft word and printed it out onto white cardstock. I used Times New Roman font and a font size of 16. I used font size 20 on the number eleven to make it bigger.
Step 4: Next I cut a rectangle around the words to create a "tag". I poked one end of the tag with a safety pin and strung white dental floss through the pin hole before tying it around the crow's foot. (I didn't have string) :)
Step 5: I centered the rock/crow on the candle base, and then turned the glass vase over on top of it.
That's it!~ a $3 craft done in about 20 minutes!
I also added some branches from my yard and made a vignette:
I took an old lampshade and cut off all the ribbing and fabric to strip it down to its bare "bones".
I centered the glass from the frame around the word, and traced around it in pencil...