How to preserve a rabbit's foot

Written by zoe van-de-velde | 13/05/2017
How to preserve a rabbit's foot
Rabbit's feet have been considered lucky for centuries. (floppy eared rabbits image by Ken Marshall from

Rabbits' feet have been considered lucky from around 600 B.C. At that time, the hare's foot was considered lucky and made into charms and amulets in western and northern Europe. Rabbits and hares were considered very mysterious at this time, and rabbits, due to their burrows, underground were believed to be in touch with underworld spirits. Preserving a rabbit's foot is fairly easy to do and will ensure that your charm will last for a very long time.

Put on your gloves. Trim the nails of the foot and then wash the foot in warm soapy water. Rinse it thoroughly and remove any excess water.

Place the foot (or feet) into the jar and fill jar with the alcohol, making sure the foot is completely covered. Place the lid on the jar and leave it for 48 hours.

Put on your gloves. Remove the foot from the jar after 48 hours and remove all the excess alcohol. Mix together 204 g (1 cup) of borax and 4.5 litres (1 gallon) of water, then thoroughly wash the rabbit's foot in the mixture. Rinse thoroughly and place on a towel to dry. Once dry, your rabbit's foot is fully preserved.


You can make your rabbit's foot into a keyring with wire and a key-chain. You can even dye your rabbit's foot to match your favourite bag.


Always wear gloves when using substances that could be toxic.

Things you need

  • Nail Clipper
  • Washing powder
  • 1.4 litres (1 quart) of 75% alcohol
  • Jar with lid
  • Borax
  • Gloves
  • Towel

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