I havn't done paper mache' since I was in 3rd or 4th grade myself. But it was my bright idea to make 2 paper mache' pinatas for the kids' birthdays. I had them cut strips of paper. I blew up the balloons and set them on bowls for sturdyness. I made paste with water, flour and a pinch of salt. It seams to be working but how many layers do they need to do?? One is going to be a black cat and the other will be a jack-o-lantern. We will put some tissue paper over them instead of painting them. My second question is: we need to attach the hanger but how do I do that where i won't be cutting the opening?