I had no intent to do so, I actually just wanted to create a Santa Claus figure to put up in front of my house in December as a unique Christmas decoration. My attempt failed in my opinion, and the creature that I created somewhat resembles Santa Claus has yet to be put outside for either Christmas or Halloween...
Step 1: Get Inspired...
The prop I built is documented in this Instructable. A few years later, I was in Mount Dora once again around Christmas and happened to come across the prop that inspired me. This time I snapped a picture. It turned out that the Santa that I had built was a bit different from my inspiration...
Step 2: Santa's Skull
When I built my first Witch for Halloween, I made several paper mache skulls to use in future projects. This was one of the future projects. Follow the first few steps on my Witch Instructable to make the skull, or be creative and use something else for the base of Santa's head.
Step 3: Build Up Santa's Head
I attached Santa's hat directly onto his head by making a cone out of newspaper and taping it to the top of the head.
Step 4: Paper Mache
Step 5: Beard
Step 6: Red Hat
Step 7: Body
I then rolled and taped the sheets into cylinders. The diameter of each cylinder depended on the size of the body part that I was making. Santa's torso was obviously the largest cylinder, while the arms and legs were much skinnier. I taped up one end of each of the cylinders and then stuffed them with crumpled newspaper. The legs would be supporting the most weight, so I inserted PVC pipe bones going through the legs. Everything was then taped shut, and then taped together.
Using some black duct tape, I gave Santa a belt and some boots.
Lastly, I cut a hole in the top of the torso and inserted another PVC pipe for Santa's neck.
Step 8: Put It All Together
To properly finish the Santa, I would give him eyes, hands, and feet, but that's not going to happen by this Christmas. This scary Santa has been in this state for a few years now, and I always mean to redo him and make him a into something that won't scare the neighborhood kids, but it never happens.
If I were to put Santa outside right now, I would first put some polyurethane on the face to keep it from melting off if it rains. I would then hammer some stakes into the ground, and slide the PVC leg bones over them.