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How to decorate with dahlias

Dahlias-flower-of-the-month-Little-Big-BellDahlias are one of my favourite flowers.

Did you know that they symbolise ‘yours forever’ ?

I quite like the thought of dahlias as an alternative to the roses for Valentine’s day. What do you think?bright-pink-dahlias-Little-Big-BellDahlias come in different sizes.

I remembered seeing a photo on Instagram, of a dahlia nearly 20cm in diameter. It was stunning. I have been on the lookout for one just like that ever since.

They come in a variety of colours too, from pinks, to purples, to oranges, whites, reds and yellows.

I bought these bright purple pink dahlias from the Columbia road Flower market in East London.upcycling-tins-diy-flowers-little-big-bellI have been collecting colourful recycled tins for a while.

I wanted to use them as table decor for a ‘make your own Tacos’ party.
pink-dahlias-2-photo-by-little-big-bell-blogSince dahlias originally came from from Mexico, using them for my Mexican theme party was the natural choice.recycling-colourful-tins-1-as-vases-by-geraldine-tan-little-big-bellI placed a vase of water for the flowers, inside the tins. This prevents any metal rusting.dahlias-pink-Little-Big-BellAs you may have gathered, we drank a lot of coffee so that I could get this beautiful tin. Well, at least it was decaffeinated.Pink-decor-for-a-work-desk-happy-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell-blogHere’s a little workspace vignette.Bright-pink-dahlias-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-BellThe colours are so bright and beautiful, they just bring instant joy.Kate-Spade-NY-diary-Little-Big-BellI would love to have a colourful garden filled with dahlias.

Can’t wait to plant them from next Spring. They are apparently easy to grow, but needs a lot of Winter protection. The latter may be tricky for are lots of other ways that you could decorate with dahlias. You could use them as cake toppers or even when they are dried out, use them to make an Autumnal you’ve enjoyed the post. I would love to know how you would decorate your dahlias.

Have a lovely day all.

(All photography and styling are by me- Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a post inspired by the flower of the month on  )


  1. I’m not a massive flower fan but I do like these. They’re very simple and unfussy and I like that. Love your colourful tins too.

  2. I love dahlias too, and your vintage tins are so pretty. Such a fantastic idea to use them as part of the decoration for a taco party! xxx

  3. Gaynor Witchard

    Beautiful – love Dahlias and these are gorgeous!

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