The new light bulbs have mercury. I have no idea what you are to do if you drop one in the house and it breaks. Sounds dangerous to me.
• Get all people and pets out of the house.
• Open all windows and doors to air out the room.
• Turn off central forced air conditioning/heating.
• Wear protective, disposable gloves.
• Pick up glass using cardboard or similar-weight paper. Pick up powder and smaller glass fragments using the sticky side of duct tape. Use damp paper towels for cleanup on hard surfaces.
• Place all pieces of bulb residue and cleanup items in a sealable plastic bag or a glass jar with a lid.
• Do not vacuum until as much residue has been collected as possible. Then promptly dispose of the vacuum bag.
P.S.: This does seem to be a big to-do about something small. Yes, you need to use care when cleaning up a broken CFL bulb, but don’t let it panic you! Just use good common sense and take the safety precautions listed above.
They make darling little vases. Leave them as they are, or give them a quick coat of spray paint. Add some water and smaller flowers for a beautiful table arrangement. Or scatter these little arrangements throughout the house on bookshelves, tables and counters. Adds a pop of color to any room!