34 Flower Braids That Are Far More Beautiful Than a Bouquet

Along with the rest of the festival-beauty-loving set, we had our moment with flower crowns. Now we've moved past the Coachella-inspired trend and have discovered a more unique way to express our dreamy sense of style: flower braids.

The look is reminiscent of the petals — and sometimes even the stem — of a rose. The most popular (and DIY-friendly) technique is shown in this tutorial from Annies Forget Me Knots and involves wrapping two or more loosened french braids in a spiral. Though this video specifically shows how to achieve a half-up, half-down style with the flower detail located at the back of the head, the technique can be applied to other updos. Try it with ponytails or buns and incorporate a variety of other types of plaits, including waterfall, dutch, and four-strand.

Keep reading to see the many ways Instagrammers are rocking braided flowers and to get some inspiration for tackling this trend yourself. And yes, it's definitely acceptable to buy yourself a bouquet of flowers for reference.