"Plaid" and "braid" are synonyms, and where you are from will most likely dictate whether you use plait (British) or braid (American or Celtic). Some people also refer to cornrows as braids or refer to pinned up plaits as braids. A French braid is a braiding technique.
To begin... strip the foliage away from thin twigs. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions
Tie the bundles of twigs at one end
Start at the thin end and braid the stems together working your way down to the tied ends.
Knot the ends by wrapping a thin stem and tying it
Wiggle your fingers into the twigs and pull it apart gently to create a looser plait with more volume
Hook your finger around a few individual twigs to pull it from the braid to create space for the flowers to nestle in
Twig braid ready to design with. Set it aside to dry in this shape
Cut the stem away that kept the tips in place
And remove the elastic bands
I placed my twig braid on a "brick on a stick" See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions
Secure the twig bundle to the stick with cable ties
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how to extend cable ties for bigger bundles
Cut away the long end of the cable tie
Add the flowers and add a few twigs to dance over the braid and flower
I made tiny test tubes to keep the flowers hydrated from drinking straws. See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions