I made this plywood cutout of Santa Claus for Christmas 2011.
It was made from a 90 x 180 cm sheet of 12 mm plywood (standard size in Japan), and stands 150 cm tall (approx. 5'). I mounted it on two steel 12 mm stakes with four "U" shaped metal brackets.
The original design is from a 1960 Popular Mechanics magazine (you can find lots of archived magazines on Google books).