i heard wax paper works wonders.
I tried it a couple of times, using different methods of taping it down every time. It didn't work for me, mostly because my old wood desk is pitted in some areas.
It's worth a shot.
Also, try a polished marble or granite tile! They can be had for $5 at a hardware store and are far more beautiful then a regular mouse pad... and they'll never wear out. It does depend on what material your mouse feet are made out of.