To solve this problem we made Valentines theme trivets! We found them in packs of three at IKEA- here- for like 3 bucks. We thought it would be cute to do conversation hearts.
1) Cut out contact paper to use as your stencil. We are lucky enough to have a friend in our craft group that did this for us with her craft machine.
2) Stick the stencil on the trivet and then use Mod Podge to seal the edges.
3) Once dry, paint over the stencil and wait for it to completely dry. (The middle one was supposed to say "Hot Stuff" but I was impatient and didn't wait long enough for it to dry. I peeled it off and will just keep it as my year round trivet.)
4) Peel off the stencil and finish with a paint sealant.